When should we start immunizations after transplant?
It is very important that your child get their immunizations (vaccine or “shots”) after a kidney transplant to prevent infection.
Children with kidney transplant can usually start or continue their routine vaccines four to six months after their transplant. It is best to wait until then, as the immunizations may not work properly if they are given any sooner. This is because child has a much weaker immune system right after the transplant due to their immunosuppressant medications.
Every child situations is unique, however, and some children may need to wait longer before they get their shots. The transplant team will work with your pediatrician or family doctor to make sure your child is immunized properly and will tell you the best time to start or continue immunizations for your child.