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Meningococcal Vaccine (cont.)

What if There is a Moderate or Severe Reaction?

What Should I Look For?

  • Any unusual condition, such as a high fever, weakness, or behavior changes. Signs of a serious 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 www.vaers.hhs.gov, or by calling 1-800-822-7967.
VAERS does not provide medical advice.

What is 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 www.cdc.gov/vaccines.

SOURCE:

Centers for Disease Control


Last Editorial Review: 2/8/2010 11:25:14 AM



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