Don't take paracetamol ahead of jab


Medical experts are urging people not to take paracetamol before being vaccinated.

Some say they’ve been advised to take the painkiller before as to stop any side-effects. 

But there is some evidence that paracetamol can slightly reduce the effectiveness of the vaccine by weakening antibody production. But researchers say the negative effects are very small – and the vaccine remains effective. 

But cantonal authorities in Geneva and Vaud say painkillers should only be taken if you’re suffering from symptoms – not in anticipation of symptoms. 

But it seems we’re are stocking up anyway. Zurich pharmacists say they’re selling around 15% more paracetamol than normal.

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