Childhood Diseases

Posted by: KC | 2011/02/14


Can antibiotics affect immunizations?

Hi Prof
I just a worrying thought. My LO had his second (10 week) set of immunizations including Rotarix and Prevenar. When I took him to the clinic in the morning, he was not well (had a very hoarse voice). I chatted to the sister and she advised it would be best to give the immunizations as he did not have a high fever. As the day went on he really was not well and I decided to take him to his paed in the morning. He was diagnosed with an ear infection and laryngitis and given antibiotics. I did not think to discuss his recent immunizations with his doctor - it completely slipped my mind! I feel awful! Now I am a little panicky that the antibiotic (Zithromax 1.5ml x 5 days with a probiotic) has prevented the immunizations from being effective. Is this possibe?
Thank you for your advise.

Expert's Reply



This is a good and useful question. Antibiotics do not interfere with immunisations. So there is no problem with your baby being on antibiotics when he had his second set of immunizations.

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