A 50-year-old male asked:
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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?

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Dr. Hunter Handsfield
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
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Dr. Al Hegab
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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