Uses

This vaccine is used to help prevent serious, sometimes fatal, infections caused by a certain bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) in people who may be exposed to the bacteria (such as military personnel, laboratory workers who handle the bacteria Bacillus anthracis). It may also be used along with antibiotics to prevent getting the infection after being exposed to the bacteria.This vaccine contains parts from Bacillus anthracis. It works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the bacteria.

How to use Anthrax Vaccine Suspension

Read all vaccine information available from your health care professional before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, ask your health care professional.

This vaccine is given by injection by a health care professional. For preventing the infection before being exposed to the bacteria, it is given into a muscle as directed by your health care professional, usually as a series of 3 doses (1 and 6 months after the first dose), followed by booster shots at 12 and 18 months after the first dose. It may also be given under the skin for certain people (such as people with clotting disorders, people taking "blood thinners"), although this may increase the risk of side effects. When given under the skin, this vaccine is given as directed by your health care professional, usually as a series of 4 doses (2 weeks, 4 weeks, and 6 months after the first dose), followed by booster shots at 12 and 18 months after the first dose.

You will need a yearly booster dose if you still remain at risk for anthrax. Ask your health care professional for more details.

For preventing the infection after being exposed to the bacteria, it is given under the skin as directed by your health care professional, usually as a series of 3 doses (2 and 4 weeks after the first dose).

Follow the dosing schedule closely for the vaccine to be most effective. To help you remember, mark your calendar to keep track of when to receive your next dose.

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