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Vaccination for people who are immunocompromised

People who are immunocompromised may need extra doses of some vaccines to optimise protection. Some vaccines are contraindicated in these people.

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Last updated: 
20 September 2019
Last reviewed: 
20 September 2019
20 September 2019

Editorial changes to timing of live vaccine doses in adults and children taking corticosteroids, assessing level of immunocompromise in children and adults with HIV, and vaccination of infants born to mothers who received bDMARDs during pregnancy updated.

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Definitions

BCG
bacille Calmette-Guérin
MMR
measles-mumps-rubella
MMRV
measles-mumps-rubella-varicella
SCID
severe combined immunodeficiency
13vPCV
13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine
23vPPV
23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine
DTPa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine
IPV
inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine
dT
diphtheria-tetanus vaccine for use in adults
dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
HSCT
haematopoietic stem cell transplant
GVHD
graft-versus-host disease
IPD
invasive pneumococcal disease
WA
Western Australia
GBS
Guillain-Barré syndrome
SC
subcutaneous
JE
Japanese encephalitis
PT
pertussis toxoid
WHO
World Health Organization
AIDS
acquired immunodeficiency syndrome
IM
intramuscular