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Hypersensitivity to any component of the vaccine, including thimerosal, a mercury derivative, is a contraindication for further use of this vaccine.

It is a contraindication to use this or any other related vaccine after an immediate anaphylactic reaction associated with a previous dose.

It is a contraindication to administer this vaccine in the presence of any evolving neurological condition. Encephalopathy after a previous dose is a contraindication to further use. Immunization should be deferred during the course of an acute illness. Vaccination of infants and children with severe, febrile illness should generally be deferred until these persons have recovered. However, the presence of minor illnesses such as mild upper respiratory infections with or without low-grade fever are not contraindications to further use. 2

Elective immunization procedures should be deferred during an outbreak of poliomyelitis. 12

This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Last reviewed on RxList: 12/8/2004


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