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VACCINES FOR KIDS ON ANTIBIOTICS?
July 1997
JOGINDER SAINI, MD, of Kanata, Ont., asks, "Can children who are taking antibiotics for recurrent otitis media or other types of chronic infection be given childhood immunizations (MMR, DPTP, etc.)."
Yes, it's okay to vaccinate these children. Taking antibiotics for bacterial infections such as otitis media or for urinary tract infection prophylaxis doesn't preclude routine immunization. However, make sure not to give children with primary immune deficiencies live virus vaccines.
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