Thursday, August 04, 2005

I need to take notes while doing web research, and might as well post them here.

Caroline Has

Persistant low fever (100.5 under arm); excessive whininess, even by her standards. The fever is not contagious, but everyone else in the family has picked up the whininess.

Question: is this from the Rabies vaccine?

Main CDC flyer:

Mild problems: Soreness where shot is given; nausia, dizziness etc.
Moderate problems: hives, fever (6% of booster doses), very rare transient Guillain Barre.

Contact doctor if: High fever, difficulty breathing, fast heart.

Additional CDC page

"Local pain and low-grade fever may follow injection of rabies immune globulin."

American Veternary Medical Association

An immune complex-like reaction occurred among approximately 6% of persons who received booster doses of HDCV 2-21 days after administration of the booster dose (9,10). The patients developed generalized urticaria, sometimes accompanied by arthralgia, arthritis, angioedema, nausea, vomiting, fever, and malaise. In no cases have these reactions been life-threatening.

The citations are to ...?

Activist site on vaccine issues

Lists some terrifying reactions, including vaccine induced rabies, that seem to be to earlier vaccines which are identified as containing animal brain tissue. The paperwork we were given lists the vaccine manufacturer as Chiron. This seems to be the only rabies vaccine they make. This page descibes it as a cell culture vaccine, which is the newer kind.

Conclusion: even the anti-vaccine leaning page lists only mild reactions to the form of the vaccine we seem to have received.

1 comment:

Silly Bus said...

Very nice information. Thanks for this.