Some vaccines are “Live”. These include MMR, varicella, Yellow fever, intranasal flu and rotarix.
For many years the recommendation has been that when two live vaccines are required in the same person that the vaccines should either be given on the same day or separated by an interval of at least four weeks.
Review of the evidence by Public Health England recently suggests that this requirement is no longer necessary and that “live” vaccines with the exception of these vaccines in the box can be given at any time.
The new recommendation for all currently used live vaccines are as follows:
|BCG, rotavirus, live attenuated flu, oral typhoid vaccine, yellow fever, varicella, zoster and MMR.||These vaccines can be administered at any time before or after each other.|
|MMR and Varicella||These can be administered on the same day but if not administered on the same day then a four week interval minimum period should be observed.|
|Yellow Fever and MMR||Should not be administered on the same day and a four week minimum interval period should be observed between the administration of these two vaccines.|