Influenza and pneumococcal vaccinations raised risk for fever when given at the same time
(dailyRx News) Vaccinations are given to protect children from common ailments. A new study found that the risk of fever may increase when two of these vaccines are administered at the same time.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends giving the trivalent inactivated vaccine (TIV) for influenza during the same visit as pneumococcal vaccination when they are both due, according to the authors of the new study.
This study showed that the rate of fever the day of, or the day after vaccination was three times higher when both vaccinations were given simultaneously than when each vaccine was given separately.
No difference in fever rates occurred on days 2 through 7.
These researchers stressed that the benefits of vaccination may far outweigh the risk of mild fever that can occur immediately following vaccination.
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