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Any vaccine can cause side-effects. For the most part, these are slight (for example, a low-grade fever or a sore arm) and go away within a couple of days. Listed below are vaccines licensed in the U.S and side effects that have been linked with each of them. This information is copied from CDC’s Vaccine Information Statements, which in turn are obtained from the ACIP (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices) recommendations for each vaccine.
Remember, immunizations are continually monitored for safety, and like any medicine, vaccines can cause side effects. However, a resolution not to immunize a child also includes risk and could put the kid and others who come into contact with her or him at risk of contracting a potentially fatal disease.
What is adenovirus?
Adenoviruses are very prevalent and come in many types. Depending on the type of the virus, adenoviruses can cause:
- Breathing (respiratory) problems that can include fever, cough, and runny nose
- A headache
- Eye infections
- Sore throat
These symptoms can last up to ten days.
Infections with adenovirus can rarely lead to more serious problems, such as stomach and bowel problems, pneumonia, and even death. Some people who are infected might have to need hospital treatment.
Adenovirus infections can be spread from a person to person through the air (for instance, by coughing or sneezing). It can also be spread by personal contact, like touching an infected person or touching objects that an infected person has previously affected.
Two types of adenovirus (Type 7 and Type 4) have caused severe outbreaks of respiratory disease among military recruits.
What are the benefits of Adenovirus vaccine?
Adenovirus immunization contains live adenovirus Type 7 and Type 4. It will prevent most disease caused by these two virus types.
Adenovirus immunization comes as two tables, take by mouth (orally) at the same time. The tablets have to be swallowed whole, not crushed or chewed.
Adenovirus immunization can be given at the same time as other shots.
Who should get adenovirus vaccine?
The immunization is approved for military personnel from 17 through 50 years of age. It is suggested by the Department od Defense (DoD) for military recruits entering basic training. It might also be suggested for other military personnel at high endanger for adenovirus infection.
What are the side-effects from Adenovirus vaccine?
A vaccine, like any medication, could cause a severe reaction. But the risk of a shot causing serious harm, or death, is minuscule.
Few mild problems have been reported within two weeks of getting the shot:
- Headaches, upper respiratory tract infection (about one person in 3)
- A sore throat, stuffy nose, joint pain (about one person in 6)
- Abdominal pain, cough, nausea (about one person in 7)
- Diarrhea (about one person in 10)
- Fever (about one person in 100)
More severe problems have been reported by about one person in 100, within six months of vaccination. These problems included:
- Inflammation of the stomach or intestines
- Blood in the urine or stool
It is not sure whether these mild or severe problems were caused by the shot or occurred after immunization by chance.
As with all vaccines, adenovirus shot will continue to be monitored for unexpected or serious problems.
Note: Adenovirus shot is approved for use only among the military force.
This information is based on the Adenovirus VIS.
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