Baby face up in spotted onesie about to get an injection with a vaccine
Antibiotics Tied to Lower Effectiveness of Childhood Vaccines
Use of the drugs in children under the age of two was associated with lower antibody levels after the jabs—perhaps, researchers suggest, due to microbiome alterations.
ABOVE: © iStock.com, Daniel Balakov
Antibiotics Tied to Lower Effectiveness of Childhood Vaccines
Antibiotics Tied to Lower Effectiveness of Childhood Vaccines

Use of the drugs in children under the age of two was associated with lower antibody levels after the jabs—perhaps, researchers suggest, due to microbiome alterations.

Use of the drugs in children under the age of two was associated with lower antibody levels after the jabs—perhaps, researchers suggest, due to microbiome alterations.

ABOVE: © iStock.com, Daniel Balakov

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