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23 February 2005

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...back to the doctor's office for some additional vaccinations. i received the second hepatitis a/b vaccination and decided to start the rabies and japanese encephalitis series. both of these vaccinations carry with them the potential for some serious side effects. the manufacturer, travax, reports the following:

rabies

"local and mild general reactions may include: injection site redness, swelling, itching or discomfort; or headache, nausea, abdominal pain, muscle aches, a light fever or dizzyness. a few rare cases or neurological complications that resolved spontaneously have been reportd with the usa approved vaccines."

japanese encephalitis

"about 20% of people (1 in 5), who receive the vaccine, experience some pain, redness and swelling at the injection site. about 20% of people also experience 1 or more mild systemic side effects, such as fever, headache, dizziness or muscle pain.

about 0.6% of patients (1 in 167) experience general rash, itching or swelling, especially of the extremities, face, lips and throat. in rare cases, patients may suffer shock and respiratory distress. people who have a history of bee stings or severe medication allergies appear to have the greater risk for developing these side effects to the vaccine. if you experience these side effects, call your doctor immediately or ambulance."

i waited in the doctor's office for a half an hour after the vaccinations without incident. my doctor gave me an epinephrine auto-injector for any allergic emergencies after i left the office.

posted by paul on Wed 23 Feb 2005 at 01:08:51 est (-05:00)

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Hey big brother! I am so happy for you. I think this trip is such an awesome idea and I think your website is great! You are my idol. I love you!

posted by little sis on Wed 23 Feb 2005 at 20:52:34 est (-05:00)

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