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Vaccinating A Sick Child

My child has a cold and fever.  Can she receive any vaccinations while she's sick?

Yes. If an otherwise healthy child only has a mild illness such as a runny nose, a low-grade fever, an ear infection, a cough, or mild diarrhea, she can safely be vaccinated.

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Immunizations & Infectious Diseases: An Informed Parent's Guide (Copyright © 2006 American Academy of Pediatrics)
The information contained on this Web site should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your pediatrician. There may be variations in treatment that your pediatrician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances.
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