Should my child receive vaccinations?

Children with lupus should not receive any vaccine that contains “live” virus. This is because even a small amount of a virus can cause lupus to become active.

For the most current vaccination recommendations for children with immune system complications such as lupus, go to the Vaccines section of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site at,  or call toll-free 800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Medically reviewed on August 16, 2013

This article was published by the Lupus Foundation of America Office.