Urinary cortisol excretion and rectal temperature were measured in 66 infants before and after immunisation against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and Haemophilus influenzae type b. Immunisation produced a significant increase of rectal temperature the next night at all ages. Infants without an adult-like night time body temperature pattern had a significant increase in urinary cortisol excretion night and morning after immunisation. Once an adult-like night time body temperature pattern developed immunisation no longer significantly raised urinary cortisol output.
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