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Should I avoid the vaccine if I have a serious medical condition?

In most cases, it is actually more important for you to get the vaccine if you have a serious medical condition.

If you have an underlying medical condition, you are likely at increased risk for severe illness from the virus. This makes it even more important for you to consider the vaccine for protection. 

Some people may need to wait or should seek medical advice before getting immunized. This includes people who:

  • Have had severe allergies to other vaccines or injectable medications in the past, or have had an anaphylactic reaction in the past but do not know the cause. Talk to your doctor first.
  • Are pregnant or breastfeeding. You can get the vaccine, but you should consult a doctor first.
  • Have suppressed immune systems or are undergoing treatments that   can weaken your immune system, like chemotherapy. You likely will be able to get the vaccine, but you should consult a doctor first.

If you have questions about whether the vaccine is right for you, talk to a doctor.

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