This chapter deals with practical considerations regarding vaccines. Some people, who are unable to produce an adequate immune response, cannot be vaccinated. These people fall into four groups: those receiving immune-suppressive drugs for cancer, rheumatological condition, or asthma; those born with severe immune deficiencies; those chronically infected with an immune-suppressive virus; and those who are chronically ill and, as a consequence, relatively malnourished and immune compromised. Some parents of young children might be concerned that children with minor illnesses—such as those causing runny nose, itchy eyes, fever, vomiting, or diarrhea—are, in a sense, immune compromised. Researchers have shown that immune responses and side effects in unvaccinated children with mild illnesses are the same as those in healthy children. So children with mild illnesses can still receive all routinely recommended vaccines.
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