Monday, November 9, 2009

Flu Vaccine and NSAIDs

Has your doctor recommended that you get the H1N1 vaccination or the seasonal influenza vaccine? If so, as you roll up your sleeve, consider this:

If you are a needle wimp, like I am, you may not want to take non steroidal anti inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) after the injection to reduce the irritation and discomfort at the injection site. A recently published study from researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center found that fewer antibodies were produced in response to a vaccine when NSAIDs such as Tylenol and Advil were administered at the same time as the vaccination.

You can read more about this study here. Image by LittleMan

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