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Do sensitivities to vaccinations run in families?

9 doctors weighed in
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree

In brief: No

They do not. Current guidelines suggest that a reaction in a family member not be considered a problem w/ vaccinating, and no study has found a link for serious reactions among family members.

In brief: No

They do not. Current guidelines suggest that a reaction in a family member not be considered a problem w/ vaccinating, and no study has found a link for serious reactions among family members.
Dr. Roy Benaroch
Dr. Roy Benaroch
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Dr. Marc Grella
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: No

Although anyone can have a reaction to a vaccine, there does not seem to be a higher chance of serious reactions in relatives of those who had serious reactions themselves.
Common vaccine reactions: pain (for almost all), fever (in some), swelling of the vaccination area (in a few) and swelling of the entire limb injected (very few). All these reactions vary depending on age and type of vaccine.

In brief: No

Although anyone can have a reaction to a vaccine, there does not seem to be a higher chance of serious reactions in relatives of those who had serious reactions themselves.
Common vaccine reactions: pain (for almost all), fever (in some), swelling of the vaccination area (in a few) and swelling of the entire limb injected (very few). All these reactions vary depending on age and type of vaccine.
Dr. Marc Grella
Dr. Marc Grella
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Dr. Paul Trani
Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

....But not the way you might think.
Allergies to foods (and thusly, vaccines) are most directly reported between siblings, not between parents. Any concern regarding an allergy to a vaccine should be discussed with your provider. For the purposes of vaccines, a hypersensitivity should be considered to be equivalent to an allergy.

In brief: Yes

....But not the way you might think.
Allergies to foods (and thusly, vaccines) are most directly reported between siblings, not between parents. Any concern regarding an allergy to a vaccine should be discussed with your provider. For the purposes of vaccines, a hypersensitivity should be considered to be equivalent to an allergy.
Dr. Paul Trani
Dr. Paul Trani
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Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics

In brief: No

There is no evidence that these run in families.

In brief: No

There is no evidence that these run in families.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Kevin Windisch
Pediatrics

In brief: No

Serious vaccine reactions are almost unheard of and certainly don't run in families.

In brief: No

Serious vaccine reactions are almost unheard of and certainly don't run in families.
Dr. Kevin Windisch
Dr. Kevin Windisch
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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics

In brief: No

In my years of practice, I have not seen vaccine reactions run in families.
Vaccine reactions appear to be uncommon and random. If a particular family had many members with hereditary weak immune systems, then those members might get reactions to live vaccines such as the chicken pox or measles vaccines.

In brief: No

In my years of practice, I have not seen vaccine reactions run in families.
Vaccine reactions appear to be uncommon and random. If a particular family had many members with hereditary weak immune systems, then those members might get reactions to live vaccines such as the chicken pox or measles vaccines.
Dr. Robert Kwok
Dr. Robert Kwok
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