A 50-year-old male asked:
had an anaphylactic reaction to a tetanus shot when young; no one wants to give me a shot. is there any way to test whether there really is an issue?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Hunter Handsfield answered
52 years experience Infectious Disease
Allergist: An allergy specialist might be able to do this. But maybe not necessary. Tetanus is extremely rare. Although periodic re-immunization is wise, it's optional for most people not at special risk. Discuss the issues and possible referral with your primary care physician.
Answered on Jun 7, 2019
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Tetanus vaccine : allergy is rare, often times ADR (Advese Drug Reaction) is interpreted as an allergy, but true allergic reactions are rare. Agree with Dr H re referral to an allergist for evaluation, a test dose / fractionated dose can be administered or even a challenge with the whole dose under observation, also concur with Dr H as regards the option not to have the vaccine if not at a high risk of exposure
Answered on Jun 6, 2019
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