Should Tylenol be given before vaccines?

Probably not. Here’s why…

There was a 2010 study that showed that Tylenol given before vaccines can actually BLUNT the immune response to the given vaccine.  The CDC has since released a statement that there are basically no good studies supporting the use of Tylenol as pretreatment.  Some parents think that the Tylenol beforehand will make the poke hurt less.  I doubt this is a significant savings in pain and may decrease the ability for the body to respond to the vaccines.  If a fever occurs due to the vaccine, then Tylenol may be given, but in many cases should not be needed.  As a mom, I think that a hug and kiss do more to alleviate the “pinch” of a shot.

Of note, most patients have a fever on day 5 after their MMR vaccine.  This is the measles, mumps, rubella vaccine that is given routinely at the well-child checks at 1 year and 4-5 years.

Hope this helps.

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I have been practicing as a family physician for over 20 years--as both an educator of physicians and clinician. From infancy to the elderly, I perform obstetrics and general medicine. I love my career and am passionate about my field of knowledge and my patients. Follow me on Facebook at Leslie Md Greenberg Medical Disclaimer The content of this website is provided for general informational purposes only and is not intended as, nor should it be considered a substitute for, professional medical advice. Do not use the information on this website for diagnosing or treating any medical or health condition. If you have or suspect you have a medical problem, promptly contact your professional healthcare provider.
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