What is Anthrax vaccine
Anthrax vaccine is a vaccine that is used for protection against the anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis). This vaccine works by exposing you to an antigen protein that causes your body to develop immunity to the disease.
Side effects of Anthrax vaccine
Side effects of Anthrax vaccine are the followings:
- mild redness, warmth, itching or tenderness where the shot was given;
- low fever;
- feeling tired or weak;
- headache, dizziness;
- mild pain or stiffness in the injected arm;
- joint or muscle pain;
- swelling in your hands or feet;
- mild skin rash.
But if you have any of these serious symptoms it is necessary to visit your doctor immediately:
- severe swelling or a hard lump where the shot was given;
- severe swelling spreading to other parts of your arm;
- fever, chills, body aches, nausea, flu symptoms;
- pale skin, easy bruising or bleeding;
- confusion, changes in mood or behavior;
- seizure (convulsions);
- blistering, redness and swelling or warmth of the skin;
- weakness, numbness or tingly feeling in your feet spreading upward;
- problems with vision, hearing, speech, swallowing or bladder and bowel functions;
- severe lower back pain;
- slow heart rate, trouble breathing, weak pulse or feeling like you might pass out.
Anthrax vaccine is used for protection against the anthrax bacteria (Bacillus anthracis).
Before using Anthrax vaccine you should inform your doctor if you have:
- an allergy to latex rubber;
- a weak immune system caused by disease (such as cancer, HIV or AIDS) or by taking certain medicines;
- a history of infection with anthrax;
- a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome;
- if you are pregnant or breastfeeding;
- received cancer chemotherapy, radiation treatment or steroid medications in the past 3 months.
Usual adult dose is 0.5 mL subcutaneously every 2 weeks for 3 doses, followed by 0.5 mL at 6, 12 and 18 months. Annual booster injections are recommended thereafter.