About Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Should Acetaminophen be Given Routinely After Vaccination in Infants?

Font : A-A+

Should Acetaminophen be Given Routinely After Vaccination in Infants?

Routine use of paracetamol after vaccination in infants cannot be recommended, suggests studies.

Acetaminophen (or paracetamol) is the most common medication used for fever in children. It is an effective and safe drug when used in its normal dosage.

Advertisement

Some children experience high temperature or fever following vaccination. This fever very rarely reaches proportions where it could cause complications like seizures. However, it could cause discomfort and disruption of sleep in the child as well as her parents. Parents may have to miss work to take care of the child. The fever may also introduce doubts in the minds of the parents regarding the safety of immunizations.

Should acetaminophen be administered to infants routinely after immunization to prevent fever? Researchers conducted a study in Washington to find an answer to this question. 352 infants less than 10 months of age were included in the study. They were administered either acetaminophen or an inert substance called placebo that was similar in appearance to acetaminophen. The parents were not aware which preparation the child was administered.
Advertisement

The researchers found that infants that received acetaminophen were less likely to have fever compared to those that did not receive this medicine, though this difference was not significant. They were also less likely to be fussy post vaccination. Thus acetaminophen given to prevent fever appears to be beneficial.

High fever was reported in only 3 infants who did not receive acetaminophen and febrile seizures were not reported in any infant in the study. Thus, none of the infants that did not receive acetaminophen have serious fever-related complications.

Another similar study, however, indicated that routine use of acetaminophen with vaccines could decrease the immune response to vaccination and thereby reduce its benefits.

The researchers thus concluded that although use of acetaminophen to prevent fever in infants post vaccination helps to control their temperature and reduce fussiness, it could interfere with the immune response elicited by the vaccines. Also, fever post vaccination very rarely reaches dangerous proportions. Thus, its routine use in this situation cannot be recommended currently.

Reference :

1. Jackson LA, Peterson D, Dunn J, Hambidge SJ, Dunstan M, Starkovich P, Yu O, Benoit J, Dominguez-Islas CP, Carste B, Benson P, Nelson JC. A Randomized Placebo-Controlled Trial of Acetaminophen for Prevention of Post-Vaccination Fever in Infants. PLoS One. 2011; 6(6): e20102.

Source: Medindia

Citations   close

Please use one of the following formats to cite this article in your essay, paper or report:

  • APA

    Dr. Simi Paknikar. (2011, August 10). Should Acetaminophen be Given Routinely After Vaccination in Infants?. Medindia. Retrieved on May 26, 2022 from https://www.medindia.net/news/healthinfocus/should-acetaminophen-be-given-routinely-after-vaccination-in-infants-88916-1.htm.

  • MLA

    Dr. Simi Paknikar. "Should Acetaminophen be Given Routinely After Vaccination in Infants?". Medindia. May 26, 2022. <https://www.medindia.net/news/healthinfocus/should-acetaminophen-be-given-routinely-after-vaccination-in-infants-88916-1.htm>.

  • Chicago

    Dr. Simi Paknikar. "Should Acetaminophen be Given Routinely After Vaccination in Infants?". Medindia. https://www.medindia.net/news/healthinfocus/should-acetaminophen-be-given-routinely-after-vaccination-in-infants-88916-1.htm. (accessed May 26, 2022).

  • Harvard

    Dr. Simi Paknikar. 2021. Should Acetaminophen be Given Routinely After Vaccination in Infants?. Medindia, viewed May 26, 2022, https://www.medindia.net/news/healthinfocus/should-acetaminophen-be-given-routinely-after-vaccination-in-infants-88916-1.htm.

Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
What's New on Medindia
Monkeypox Outbreak: What it is, How Does it Spread & the Prevention
Seasonal Allergy Medications
How to Choose the Best Eczema-Friendly Moisturizer for Children?
View all
Recommended Reading
News Archive
Date
Category
Advertisement
News Category

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

More News on:
Top 10 Vaccine Myths Debunked Traveling with Children Abroad? - Parents, Stay Alert! 

Most Popular on Medindia

A-Z Drug Brands in India Post-Nasal Drip Drug Side Effects Calculator Selfie Addiction Calculator Color Blindness Calculator Turmeric Powder - Health Benefits, Uses & Side Effects Blood Pressure Calculator Blood - Sugar Chart Find a Hospital The Essence of Yoga

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2022

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use