Vaccines and Preventable Diseases:
There is a vaccine to prevent anthrax, but it is not yet available for the general public. Anyone who may be exposed to anthrax, including certain members of the U.S. armed forces, laboratory workers, and workers who may enter or re-enter contaminated areas, may get the vaccine. Also, in the event of an anthrax attack, people exposed would get the vaccine.
What You Should Know:
For Health Professionals:
What You Should Know
- CDC's Main Anthrax Website
- Brief Description
Symptoms, treatment, transmission, etc.
- Pictures of Anthrax
Warning: Some of these photos are quite graphic.
- Preparation & Planning
- Detection & Response
As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.
For Health Professionals
- Guidance for Health Care Providers
- Exposure Management/Prophylaxis
- Lab Testing
- Workplace Safety
- ACIP Recommendations Updated July 2010
- Package inserts (BioThrax, and more package inserts...) Feb 2010
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Content last reviewed on November 5, 2013
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Bacterial Diseases