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  1. Can I get immunizations if I am allergic to penicillin?
    Generally, yes you may receive vaccines, because no licensed vaccine contains penicillin. However, it is very important to tell your healthcare provider about all of your allergies before you get any immunization. Some vaccines contain tiny amounts of other antibiotics (e.g., neomycin) that some people might be allergic to.

  2. Can I get immunizations if I am allergic to latex?
    The issue with most latex allergies and immunizations is the container not the vaccine ingredients themselves. Sometimes vaccine vial stoppers contain rubber latex. Most newer vaccines containers do not contain latex so this is becoming less and less of a problem.

    Whether you receive immunizations or not will depend on the severity of your allergy which should be evaluated by your healthcare provider or allergist. Please contact the IHB if you have questions or concerns.

  3. Is it true that I cannot receive anthrax vaccine because I am allergic to latex?
    Whether or not you can receive anthrax vaccine depends on the type of latex allergy you have. If you have a history of latex sensitivity or latex allergy, always inform the person who is vaccinating you before you are given a vaccine. The degree of your reaction to latex products in the past will guide your provider's decision as to whether or not you should receive the vaccine. In addition, your provider may recommend that you get further allergy testing before making a recommendation.

    A history of severe life-threatening anaphylactic reaction to latex is a contraindication to anthrax vaccination.