Thursday, May 22, 2014

Multiple Shots Increase the Risk of Fever

One of the bits of advice I routinely give to parents of young children who are concerned about immunizations is to avoid getting more than one shot per day.  Too often multiple shots are given at once.  A study published online in JAMA pediatrics in the March 24, 2014 issue determined that the incidence of fever after a flu shot was in toddlers was 7.5%, with a pneumococcal shot was 9.5%, and with both at the same visit was 37.6%.  One has to assume that the risk of other complications is similarly increased with multiple shots at the same visit.

Reported in the Toledo Blade, March 31, 2014 edition, section D, page 1.

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