Who Should NOT Get Vaccinated with these Vaccines?

Because of age, health conditions, or other factors, some people should not get certain vaccines or should wait before getting them. Read the guidelines below for each vaccine.

Regularly Recommended Vaccines

Some children should not get DTaP vaccine or should wait.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of any vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has had a coma, decreased level of consciousness, or prolonged seizures within 7 days after a previous dose of any pertussis vaccine (DTP or DTaP).
  • Has seizures or another nervous system problem.
  • Has ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (also called GBS).
  • Has had severe pain or swelling after a previous dose of any vaccine that protects against tetanus or diphtheria.

In some cases, your child’s health care provider may decide to postpone DTaP vaccination to a future visit.

Children with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. Children who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting DTaP.

Your child’s health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the DTaP VIS

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell the person who is giving you the vaccine:

  • If you have any severe, life-threatening allergies.
    If you ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of hepatitis A vaccine, or have a severe allergy to any part of this vaccine, you may be advised not to get vaccinated. Ask your health care provider if you want information about vaccine components.
  • If you are not feeling well.
    If you have a mild illness, such as a cold, you can probably get the vaccine today. If you are moderately or severely ill, you should probably wait until you recover. Your doctor can advise you.

This information was taken directly from the Hepatitis A VIS.

Talk with your health care provider.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of hepatitis B vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone hepatitis B vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting hepatitis B vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Hepatitis B VIS.

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of Hib vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone Hib vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting Hib vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Hib VIS

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of HPV vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone HPV vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting HPV vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the HPV (Human Papillomavirus) VIS

Talk with your health care provider.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of influenza vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (also called GBS).

 In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone influenza vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting influenza vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Inactivated Influenza VIS

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Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Is younger than 2 years or older than 49 years of age.
  • Is pregnant.
  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of influenza vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is a child or adolescent 2 through 17 years of age who is receiving aspirin or aspirin-containing products.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Is a child 2 through 4 years old who has asthma or a history of wheezing in the past 12 months.
  • Has taken influenza antiviral medication in the previous 48 hours.
  • Cares for severely immunocompromised persons who require a protected environment.
  • Is 5 years or older and has asthma.
  • Has other underlying medical conditions that can put people at higher risk of serious flu complications (such as lung disease, heart disease, kidney disease, kidney or liver disorders, neurologic or neuromuscular or metabolic disorders).
  • Has had Guillain-Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks after a previous dose of influenza vaccine.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone influenza vaccination to a future visit.

For some patients, a different type of influenza vaccine (inactivated or recombinant influenza vaccine) might be more appropriate than live, attenuated influenza vaccine.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting influenza vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Live Influenza VIS

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Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of MMR or MMRV vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant, or thinks she might be pregnant.
  • Has a weakened immune system, or has a parent, brother, or sister with a history of hereditary or congenital immune system problems.
  • Has ever had a condition that makes him or her bruise or bleed easily.
  • Has recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products.
  • Has tuberculosis.
  • Has gotten any other vaccines in the past 4 weeks.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone MMR vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting MMR vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the MMR VIS

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Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of MMRV, MMR, or varicella vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant, or thinks she might be pregnant.
  • Has a weakened immune system, or has a parent, brother, or sister with a history of hereditary or congenital immune system problems.
  • Has ever had a condition that makes him or her bruise or bleed easily.
  • Has a history of seizures, or has a parent, brother, or sister with a history of seizures.
  • Is taking, or plans to take salicylates (such as aspirin).
  • Has recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products.
  • Has tuberculosis.
  • Has gotten any other vaccines in the past 4 weeks.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone MMRV vaccination to a future visit, or may recommend that the child receive separate MMR and varicella vaccines instead of MMRV.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. Children who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting MMRV vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the MMRV VIS

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Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of meningococcal ACWY vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone meningococcal ACWY vaccination to a future visit.

Not much is known about the risks of this vaccine for a pregnant woman or breastfeeding mother. However, pregnancy or breastfeeding are not reasons to avoid meningococcal ACWY vaccination. A pregnant or breastfeeding woman should be vaccinated if otherwise indicated.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting meningococcal ACWY vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Meningococcal ACWY Vaccines VIS

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Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of meningococcal B vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant or breastfeeding.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone meningococcal B vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting meningococcal B vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Meningococcal B VIS.

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of PCV13, to an earlier pneumococcal conjugate vaccine known as PCV7, or to any vaccine containing diphtheria toxoid (for example, DTaP), or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone PCV13 vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting PCV13 .

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the PCV13 VIS

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of PPSV23, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone PPSV23 vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting PPSV23.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the PPSV VIS

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of polio vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone polio vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting polio vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the IPV VIS.

Some babies should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of rotavirus vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Has severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID).
  • Has had a type of bowel blockage called intussusception.

In some cases, your child’s health care provider may decide to postpone rotavirus vaccination to a future visit.

Infants with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. Infants who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting rotavirus vaccine.

Your child’s health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Rotavirus VIS

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of any vaccine that protects against tetanus or diphtheria, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (also called GBS).
  • Has had severe pain or swelling after a previous dose of any vaccine that protects against tetanus or diphtheria.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone Td vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting Td vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Td VIS

Some people should not get this vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of any vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has had a coma, decreased level of consciousness, or prolonged seizures within 7 days after a previous dose of any pertussis vaccine (DTP, DTaP, or Tdap).
  • Has seizures or another nervous system problem.
  • Has ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (also called GBS).
  • Has had severe pain or swelling after a previous dose of any vaccine that protects against tetanus or diphtheria.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone Tdap vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting Tdap vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Tdap VIS

Talk with your health care provider.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of varicella vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant, or thinks she might be pregnant.
  • Has a weakened immune system, or has a parent, brother, or sister with a history of hereditary or congenital immune system problems.
  • Is taking salicylates (such as aspirin).
  • Has recently had a blood transfusion or received other blood products.
  • Has tuberculosis
  • Has gotten any other vaccines in the past 4 weeks.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone varicella vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting varicella vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Varicella VIS

Some people should not get shingles vaccine or should wait.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of live shingles vaccine or varicella vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Is pregnant or thinks she might be pregnant.
  • Is currently experiencing an episode of shingles.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone shingles vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting live shingles vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Live Shingles VIS

Some people should not get shingles vaccine or should wait.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of recombinant shingles vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Is currently experiencing an episode of shingles.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone shingles vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting recombinant shingles vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Recombinant Shingles VIS

Travel & Special Circumstance Vaccines

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of adenovirus vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Is younger than 17 or older than 50 years.
  • Is pregnant or nursing, or planning to become pregnant.
  • Is unable to swallow the vaccine tablets whole without chewing them.
  • Is currently experiencing vomiting or diarrhea.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone adenovirus vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting adenovirus vaccine.

Virus from the vaccine can be shed in the stool for up to 28 days after vaccination. To minimize the risk of spreading vaccine virus to other people during this period, observe proper personal hygiene, such as frequent hand washing, especially following bowel movements. This is especially important if you have close contact with children 7 years of age and younger, with anyone having a weakened immune system, or with pregnant women.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

Note: Adenovirus vaccine is approved for use only among military personnel.

This information was taken directly from the Adenovirus VIS

Some people should not get anthrax vaccine.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of anthrax vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant or thinks she might be pregnant.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Has a history of anthrax disease.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone anthrax vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting anthrax vaccine.

If you are receiving the vaccine because you have been exposed to anthrax, tell your health care provider if you are not feeling well.  You might need immediate medical care.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Anthrax VIS

Some people should not get this vaccine or should wait

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of cholera vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant or breastfeeding, or thinks she might be pregnant.
  • Has a weakened immune system or has close contacts (e.g., household contacts) with a weakened immune system.
  • Has recently taken antibiotics.
  • Is taking anti-malaria drugs, or plans to start taking them in the next 10 days.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone cholera vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting cholera vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

Always wash your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom and before preparing or handling food. Cholera vaccine is a live, attenuated (weakened) vaccine which can be shed in stool for at least 7 days.

This information was taken directly from the Cholera VIS

 Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of JE vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Is pregnant. Pregnant women should usually not get JE vaccine.
  • Will be traveling for fewer than 30 days and only traveling to urban areas. You might not need the vaccine.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone JE vaccination to a future visit.

 People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting JE vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Japanese Encephalitis VIS

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of rabies vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has a weakened immune system.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone a routine (non-exposure) dose of rabies vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting a routine (non-exposure) dose of rabies vaccine.  If you have been exposed to rabies virus, you should get vaccinated regardless of concurrent illnesses, pregnancy, or breastfeeding.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Rabies VIS

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Some people should not get typhoid vaccine or should wait.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of typhoid vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Is pregnant or breastfeeding, or thinks she might be pregnant.
  • Is taking or has recently taken antibiotics or anti-malarial drugs.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone typhoid vaccination to a future visit.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting typhoid vaccine.

Your health care provider can give you more information.

This information was taken directly from the Typhoid VIS

Who should not get the yellow fever vaccine?

Discuss your itinerary with your health care provider before you get your yellow fever vaccination. You can visit CDC’s Travelers’ Health website at www.cdc.gov/travel to learn if yellow fever vaccination is recommended or required based on your travel location.

Tell your vaccine provider if the person getting the vaccine:

  • Has had an allergic reaction after a previous dose of yellow fever vaccine, or has any severe, life-threatening allergies.
  • Has a weakened immune system.
  • Has had their thymus removed or been diagnosed with a thymus disorder.
  • Is pregnant or
  • Has gotten any other vaccines in the past 4 weeks.

People with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. People who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting yellow fever vaccine.

In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone yellow fever vaccination to a future visit.

If you cannot get yellow fever vaccine for medical reasons and you are traveling to a country with a yellow fever vaccination entry requirement, your doctor will need to fill out the Medical Contraindications to Vaccination section of your yellow card. In addition, your doctor should give you a waiver letter. If you plan to use a waiver, you can contact the embassies of countries you plan to visit for more information.

This information was taken directly from the Yellow Fever VIS

Page last reviewed: April 2, 2020