Childhood vaccinations in lupus
Children with lupus should not receive any vaccine that contains “live” virus. This is because even a small amount of a virus can cause lupus to become active. Examples of live vaccines include the nasal spray vaccine for the flu, the yellow fever vaccine, chicken pox and shingles vaccines, and the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine. It’s a good idea to talk to your rheumatologist about any vaccines your child may need, as well as the risks and benefits of each.
For the most current vaccination recommendations for children with immune system complications such as lupus, go to the Vaccines section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website or call toll-free 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).