Q. We have a 7-month-old daughter. I have postponed her vaccines several times because of colds. She is now several months behind on her vaccines. Is it safe for her to receive vaccines when she has a cold or does she need to be completely well when we bring her to a check-up?
On average, young children will have six to eight colds per year, largely between October and March. Parents often believe that a minor illness such as a cold prevents receiving vaccines; however, this is not the case. In fact, this misconception is one of the leading reasons for children to fall behind on their immunizations.
It is safe to vaccinate children when they have minor illnesses such as colds or ear infections, according to the Centers for Disease Control. If a child has a fever of 101 degrees or higher, is in the early or acute phase of an illness or is suffering from a more severe illness, then most physicians would recommend returning for vaccinations on a different day.
It is also important to remember that check-ups are an opportunity to monitor your childs growth, development and overall wellness.