Do vaccinations cause eczema?


If your child has eczema, Amy Paller, MD, a dermatologist, tells you what you should know about vaccinations.

Do vaccinations cause eczema?

  • Vaccinations do NOT cause eczema.
  • Dermatologists very much encourage people who have eczema to get vaccinated.
  • If someone with eczema has an extreme allergic reaction to eggs, however, you should talk with your doctor about alternatives for two vaccinations.
  • The first vaccination that can cause problems for someone with eczema who has an extreme allergy to eggs is the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine. Children who have severe cardiorespiratory (heart and breathing) or gastrointestinal (GI) problems after eating eggs or just being exposed to eggs may need an alternative vaccine. This is the only situation in which an alternative to the MMR vaccine may be needed.
  • Even if a child has hives, the MMR vaccine can be given. You may want to watch the child for 30 minutes afterwards.
  • Another vaccination that has gotten some attention is the influenza vaccine. If a person with eczema has a severe allergic reaction to eggs, be sure your doctor knows this before you (or your child) receives the flu vaccine. Be sure to discuss alternate vaccinations.
  • The vast majority of children who have eczema should get the vaccinations recommended for their age.
  • Immunizations are so important for children who have eczema.

Additional related content

What causes eczema?
Smallpox vaccine: What are the risks if someone has eczema?

Related resources:
Egg allergy and vaccines (National Eczema Association)
Immunization schedules (Centers for Disease Control)