Question of the Day: Should I give my child medication before he gets a vaccine?

Answer: Only give medication when it is needed. The pain of the vaccine is minimal and not prevented by Tylenol. Only a small percentage of children have fever with a vaccine and that fever may not occur in the four hour window that the Tylenol is active. Also, anyone could have a negative reaction to any medication at any time, so best not to give medicine unless it is needed.