Throughout our childhood, we are given different immunisations for certain diseases. We are given them to protect us from these diseases, and to protect people around us from catching anything that we are not immune from.
As parents, you are given the choice if your child is given the program of vaccinations that is recommended.
If your child has eczema you may have concerns and questions.
One concern you may have is that your child will have a reaction to the vaccination, or that it could cause their eczema to flare up. Having an allergic reaction is rare, and further vaccinations should only be avoided if a severe reaction occurs.
One problem is, is that there are so many things that can cause the symptoms of eczema to get worse. So even if your child has an outbreak of eczema after having a vaccine, it may be completely unrelated.
A rash may appear after a MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) vaccination. Sometimes a measles type rash can occur for up to two weeks afterwards.
If a rash appears after your child has been immunised, some small bumps may appear where the injection was given. But children with eczema are not affected by this anymore than children without it, and it's a common occurrence.
As most vaccines are given as an injection, another worry is the condition of the skin where it is given. Your child's skin may be sore and inflamed. Your doctor or nurse will not give your child a vaccination in an area that is affected by eczema.
One of your concerns may be, are vaccinations safe to use if your child is using a certain eczema treatment. Here are some guidelines:
Some other tips include:
Depending on which area you live in, different vaccinations are recommended at different ages.
You can click on an area below to see which vaccinations are suggested:
You can also find out about the different vaccinations you may need when you travel.
Doctors, health visitors and other care professionals will normally advise you to allow your children to be immunised. They will talk to you about any concerns you have, and will not do anything to risk your child's health. Whether that means your child being immunised or not.