Can I get a vaccination if I'm scheduled for surgery in a...

Question: 

Can I get a vaccination if I'm scheduled for surgery in a week

Answer: 

You should discuss this with your health care provider, as the answer depends on the surgery you are having (if you will receive blood products) and the vaccine you need (whether it is an inactivated or live vaccine). In general:

  • There is minimal or no interaction between blood products and inactivated vaccines, such as hepatitis B and tetanus/diphtheria (Td) vaccines. An inactivated vaccine does not have timing rules before/after blood products.
  • Blood products can interfere with the immune response to live vaccines such as the measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) or  chickenpox (varicella) vaccines. A live vaccine does have timing rules both before/after blood products. If a blood product is administered less than 14 days after the MMR or chickenpox vaccine, it should be repeated at again at a later date.

Immunization Nurse

Date last updated: 
Saturday, Sep 08, 2018