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The health-care provider should instruct patients to report to the health-care provider adverse events such as vesiculation, ulceration or necrosis which may appear at the test site in highly sensitive patients. The health-care provider should also inform the patient that pain, pruritus and discomfort at the site may also occur.

The health-care provider should inform the patient of the need to return for the reading of the test. Self reading of the test has been shown to be unreliable.24 The health-care provider should inform the patient of the need to maintain a personal immunization record.

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