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Actually you can take the vaccination if you are taking antibiotics unless you have a fever at the time. Fever is a sign that the infection, for which you were prescribed the antibiotics, is still being fought by your immune system. It is best not to overburden your immune system with vaccinations if it is actively fighting something else.

However, as soon as you are fever-free you can and should get the vaccination. The drug manufacturers indicate in the package inserts that there are no known drug interaction problems with the flu vaccines. Antibiotics would have no effect on the flu vaccine. See the related links section below for a link to more related information at the US Flu.gov site.

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