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Tetanus Toxoid Allergy
Abnormal: A rigor is an extreme reaction associated with high fever and shivering etc. It is an illness in itself and indicates that the patient over-reacted to the toxoid. Whether you call it allergy of sensitivity is immaterial. The toxoid should never be given again. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more
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In general, No: I matters what the details were of your allergy to Pneumovax, but generally if you had a severe reaction to the Pneumovax, most doctors would not recommend that you have the Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13. Perhaps you could give more complete details of your allergy to your present phsycian and therefor get his/hre advice on the matter. ...Read more
Agressive management: Avoiding tetanus in an old >1-2 day & dirty wound requires agressive management.The wound is cleaned & dead tissue removed. Tetanus Immune Globulin is administered to block (immediately) the effect of any toxin emerging from the wound while the toxoid is given to boost the individuals response(which takes a while).Oral or IV meds are given to kill off the tetanus germs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I got a Type III dog bite. The doctor only administered 4 shots of Antitetanus, 1 shot of Tetanus Toxoid and Rabipur. Does Immune Globulin required?
Prior serious rxn: Those with a prior serious reaction to toxoid should avoid it. Those at significant risk of tetanus could pursue an evaluation with an allergist to identify which component of the vaccine that caused the rxn and go thru specific desensitization procedures. This could allow someone to continue updating the vaccine. Also, drs can check the blood and verify you still have protective antibodies. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Yes: All vaccines have adverse reaction profiles much like medication we are taking or prescribed. The extent of severity is quantified and compared to a control or non treatment group. Reactions can be local and mild versus more systemic/body related. The varicella vaccine (aka chickenpox) is very safe. Allergies to egg whites-albumin is a contraindication to this shot (like mmr). ...Read more
Yes,it's mild: A eaction to chickenpox vaccine would occur about 5 days after the shot. The patient may get a little chicknpox-like rash around the site of the shot. It is not common, and not serious. The disease if your child is not vaccinate would cause much more uncomfortable symptoms than the possible side effects of the vaccine. So give your child the chickenpox vaccine! ...Read more
Possibly: You would need to actually look at the package insert for the ingredients. Many multi-dose vials of injectables will contain thimerosal as a preservative to prevent contamination. Talk to your allergist who will know what they are using and be able to look at the ingredients. ...Read more
93-99%+: Drug company data submitted for review show the vaccine produces a 4x or better increase in protective response in 93-99% of the study group. Researchers consider the 4x boost evidence of protection. Given the decline of tetanus to 40 or less per year in the US it appears something is going well. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine has diphtheria proteins in it. Does Prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) 13 vaccine protect against pneumococcus and diphtheria? Thank-you!
No: The diphtheria proteins used for PCV-13 (Prevnar) are not antigenic for diphtheria. That means they are not recognized by the body to produce an immune response. They just help carry the pneumococcal proteins into the appropriate cells to create the immune response for the pneumococcal bacteria. ...Read more