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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

ANTHRAX VACCINE - INJECTION

(AN-thrax vak-SEEN)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Biothrax

USES: This medication is used to help prevent serious, sometimes fatal, infections caused by a certain bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) in high-risk people (such as military personnel, laboratory workers who handle the bacteria Bacillus anthracis).

This vaccine contains parts from Bacillus anthracis. It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the bacteria.

HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.

This vaccine is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given as a series of 3 doses (1 and 6 months after the first dose), followed by booster shots at 12 and 18 months after the first dose, or as directed by your doctor.

This vaccine may also be given under the skin for certain people (such as people with clotting disorders, people taking "blood thinners"), although this may increase the risk of side effects. When given under the skin, this vaccine is usually given as a series of 4 doses (2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 months after the first dose), followed by booster shots at 12 and 18 months after the first dose, or as directed by your doctor.

Follow the dosing schedule closely for the vaccine to be most effective. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive your next dose.

You will need a yearly booster dose if you still remain at risk for anthrax. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

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