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No paracetamol after jabs

16th October 2009

Researchers say that giving paracetamol to babies after vaccinations as a precaution against fever may lower the effectiveness of the immunisation.

The study, published in The Lancet, found that in a trial of 450 infants having vaccines that paracetamol doses over the next 24 hours did indeed reduce fever. However, the Czech researchers also found a significantly lower vaccine response with the painkiller. David Elliman from Great Ormond Street Hospital said The Lancet study backed advice not to use medicines in children without good cause.

 

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