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January 25, 2000

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Question from Olathe, Kansas, USA:

What are your feelings/recommendations on the Chicken Pox and Pneumonia vaccinations for a 2 1/2 year old with type 1? We all ready have received the first part of our flu shot.

Answer:

You really need to discuss this with your daughter’s pediatrician; but having Type�1A (autoimmune) diabetes already should not pose any special hazard for the routine immunisation program advocated by the American Academy of Pediatrics — always with the proviso that a rare reaction may make control a little difficult for a day or two.

DOB