Reactions to Travel Vaccines?

Jan 1st, 2006, 06:30 AM
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Reactions to Travel Vaccines?

Reactions to Vaccines?

We were trying to get prepared for our spring trip to Africa. About 3 months ago, I received the vaccine for Hepatitis A. Ever since I have had sinus problems and pain in my ear. I have been on all sorts of medications, had x-rays etc. One dr. suggested it may have started as a allergic reaction to the vaccine. Has anyone heard of this or something similar? I am a little worried, since I have already scheduled my Hepatitis B and other vaccines for January. I wonder if I am poisoning myself>
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Jan 1st, 2006, 08:28 AM
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If you've already had Hep A, what other inoculations are still to be given? Besides the second Hep A shot (though not necessary before 6-months to 1-yr after the first). Tetanus, Polio booster? Where are you traveling - country.

Hep B ordinarily isn't recommened for casual travelers, rather for those who expect to be in-country for 6-month or longer, i.e., Peace Corp volunteers, NGOs, or you plan on having unprotected sex, which I doubt.

Three months ago would have been October when many people begin to have seasonal colds, sensitivity to what flies around in the air, so it may just be "fall/winter" things and not have anything to do with the Hep A - a coincidence.

From year-to-year I can have sinus problems, ear pain and more susceptible to sniffles (rarely do I have a full-blown cold, never the flu)... the next year, I'm just fine and maybe for years forward until it hits me again. So whether in your case it's from the initial HepA I cannot advise, not a doctor - just own personal situation.

Don't know where you live or the climate, but I'd suggest, if you're generally healthy, you may be just fine once the spring comes (though the air then can continue your problem)... summer may be a better tme to see whether your problem disappears.

I know how uncomfortable something that comes on quickly can set you back, but as one gets older (have no idea how old you are)... strange things that were never a concern or happened... now they do. It may only be a general allergy that came on with no regard to the Hep A and is something only your physician can determine.
Jan 1st, 2006, 11:24 AM
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I just got my hep A and other non live vacs. - my understanding is that hep A is not a live vac. Does your doc. think you reacted to the fillers that are used? Hep B was not rec. because of the req. that Sandi stated. Will you be visiting for awhile or be working around bloodborn areas?
Do check if concerned, with a doc. specializing in Immunology. Best to be safe.
Good luck;
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Jan 1st, 2006, 11:40 AM
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Though my medical speciality isn't immunology, I've done a fair amount of reading in this area for my own trips to Africa. Without seeing your complete medical file it's hard to tell, but I think the likelihood of this being a vaccine reaction is pretty low. It sounds like you may have a stubborn sinusitis -- I've seen cases of sinusitis which took a couple of months to go away, as well as several courses of antibiotics if the bug was particularly stubborn. Hopefully a culture has been taken so they can ID the bug.

An immunologist or travel medicine specialist (who works with these vaccines a lot) is probably your best source of information.

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Jan 1st, 2006, 01:35 PM
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I am really not a doctor at all nor anthing related to the medical field, but your symptoms sound exactly like what happened to my professor at art school..sinus problems pain in the ear.. she went to 3 different doctors and they were all stumped, then she went to a dentist! Voila! She had an infection in a tooth root that was messing up her ear canal and her sinus. I would check out this as a potential culpret.. fortunately for my Professor, she was able to have it surgically removed and go on anti biotics, but the doctor said that she could have had much more serious complications if this had gone on much longer.
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Jan 2nd, 2006, 05:01 PM
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Thyra's comments on her professors experience is interesting to me (and it is the first time I ever come onto this board). I had the same problem and when I finally went to the dentist I too had a serious infection from a rootcanal. Long story short (and it is a long miserable story) my doctor told me I could have ended up with an infection in my heart if my dentist hadn't caught the problem.

The tooth was pulled, I was given antibiotics, a bridge was made and I have not had a problem since than.
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