Can I get more than one vaccine at a time?
It is safe and effective to receive more than one vaccine at the same time. In fact, many vaccines are already combined, for example, measles, mumps, rubella (MMR) and diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) (dTpa).
Your doctor may choose to give you the injection in different locations, for example, an arm and a leg. There are some vaccines that cannot be given at the same time, such as BCG (Bacillus Calmette–Guérin) for tuberculosis (TB) and varicella (chicken pox), so seek advice from your GP or healthcare practitioner about the amount of time needed between such vaccinations.
Sources & Citations
- The Australian Immunisation Handbook 10th Edition. Part 3 Vaccination for Special Risk Groups. Available at http://www.immunise.health.gov.au/internet/immunise/publishing.nsf/Content/Handbook10-home~handbook10part3 (accessed 25 April 2018).
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Multiple Vaccines and the Immune System. Available at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccinesafety/concerns/multiple-vaccines-immunity.html (accessed 25 April 2018).