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Tylenol blunts vaccine efficacy

A common practice in pediatricians’ offices may be blunting the power of children’s vaccines. Doctors haul out the vaccine needle and give the go-ahead to parents to adminster a dose of children’s Tylenol to ward off fever and help kids deal with discomfort. But a new study - accompanied by new advice in the Lancet - points to a problem with the adminstering the two together. The AP reports the researchers found “lower rates of protective antibody levels from several vaccines” when Tylenol or a generic was administered. Essentially, the efficacy of the vaccine was reduced. The study did not look at Tylenol given AFTER a fever develops, but the CDC has concurred that it provides enough reason for parents to avoid dosing their kids with Tylenol before a vaccine - unless absolutely necessary.----------------------------From Babble
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    DG1DG1 member
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    Interesting. I wonder if this applies to Motrin as well.

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    Hmm, I wonder about Motrin? I have heard from many NP/PA/Doctor friends that they prefer parents give Motrin over Tylenol anyways. And I know in general, some docs are moving away from APAP containing products in favor of NSAIDs. Interesting. I'd be intrigued to see what pathways are involved, and if other pain medications have an immune response. So many oncology patients are on narcotics and NSAIDs for pain, and are getting vaxed every year for flu that I wonder if it's even doing anything.
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    I've always been told to wait to administer anything until Bacon shows signs of discomfort or fever. So far, she's never had an issue, and we've never given her anything.
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    It wouldn't be shocking if a slight immune response were necessary for vaccine efficacy, since that's how vaccines work and all.
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