Imovax Rabies Side Effects

Generic Name: rabies vaccine, human diploid cell

Note: This document contains side effect information about rabies vaccine, human diploid cell. Some of the dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Imovax Rabies.

Some side effects of Imovax Rabies may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

For the Consumer

Applies to rabies vaccine, human diploid cell: intramuscular powder for injection

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction while taking rabies vaccine, human diploid cell (the active ingredient contained in Imovax Rabies) hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

You should not receive a booster vaccine if you had a life threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. When you receive a booster dose, you will need to tell the doctor if the previous shot caused any side effects.

Becoming infected with rabies is much more dangerous to your health than receiving this vaccine. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • a very high fever, (above 104 degrees);

  • weakness or prickly feeling in your fingers or toes; or

  • problems with balance or eye movement, trouble speaking or swallowing.

Less serious side effects of rabies vaccine, human diploid cell may include:

  • pain, swelling, itching, or redness where the shot was given;

  • headache;

  • dizziness;

  • muscle pain; or

  • nausea, stomach pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to rabies vaccine, human diploid cell: intramuscular powder for injection

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity reactions have included anaphylaxis, type III hypersensitivity-like reactions, bronchospasm, urticaria, pruritus, and edema.

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have included dizziness, transient paresthesias, neuroparalysis, encephalitis, meningitis, transient paralysis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, myelitis, retrobulbar neuritis, multiple sclerosis, vertigo, and visual disturbance. The use of corticosteroids to treat life-threatening neuroparalytic reactions may inhibit the development of immunity to rabies.

Local

Local side effects have included injection site erythema, pain, itching, and swelling.

General

The most common side effects have included local injection site reactions in up to 25% of patients. The most common systemic reactions have included malaise, headache, nausea, muscle aches, and dizziness in up to 20% of patients. Rabies prophylaxis should not be interrupted or discontinued because of local or mild systemic reactions. These reactions usually can be managed with antipyretics and anti-inflammatories.

The risk of developing a potentially fatal rabies infection should be considered before making the decision to discontinue rabies vaccination when severe anaphylactic or neuroparalytic reactions occur. The State Health Department or Centers for Disease Control and Prevention may be consulted for advice on managing serious reactions.

Adverse reactions should be reported to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. Reporting forms and information regarding the completion of the form can be obtained at 1-800-822-7967 (USA).

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