Larry writes, "I took naproxen a few hours before I got my updated Covid booster and flu shot. Will the anti-inflammatory action of the naproxen affect the efficacy of the vaccines?"
You shouldn't take anti-inflammatory medications like naproxen, ibuprofen, or aspirin before you get a vaccine simply to try to avoid side effects. There is some thought that doing so could slightly blunt your immune response to the vaccine. However, if you take these medications regularly for other conditions you should continue to do so, or if you develop pain or fever after getting a vaccine, you can certainly take pain relievers to ease your discomfort.
Dr. Mallika is offering her best advice, but as always, consult your personal doctor before making any decisions about your personal health.
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