2009-2010 Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (cont.)
In this Article
- Why get vaccinated?
- Inactivated influenza vaccine
- Who should get inactivated influenza vaccine?
- When should I get influenza vaccine?
- Some people should talk with a doctor before getting influenza vaccine.
- What are the risks from inactivated influenza vaccine?
- What if there is a severe reaction?
- The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
- How can I learn more?
What if there is a severe reaction?
What should I look for?
Any unusual condition, such as a high fever or behavior changes. Signs of a severe allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heart beat or dizziness.
What should I do?
- Call a doctor, or get the person to a doctor right away.
- Tell the doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when the vaccination was given.
- Ask your provider to report the reaction by filing a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) form. Or you can file this report through the VAERS website at http://www.vaers.hhs.gov, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
VAERS does not provide medical advice.
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program
A federal program exists to help pay for the care of anyone who has a serious reaction to a vaccine.
For more information about the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program, call 1-800-338-2382, or visit their website at www.hrsa.gov/vaccinecompensation.
How can I learn more?
- Ask your provider. They can give you the vaccine package insert or suggest other sources of information.
- Call your local or state health department.
- Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
-Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or
-Visit CDC's website at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu or http://www.cdc.gov/flu
Centers for Disease Control
Last Editorial Review: 11/20/2009 11:04:20 AM
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