What should I know about Ixiaro before taking it?

Before receiving Ixiaro, your doctor should know if you have ever had an allergic reaction to this vaccine or have any other allergies. Your doctor also needs to know your medical history, especially if your immune system is affected by diseases (such as HIV infection) or by drugs (such as cancer chemotherapy), if you have any blood-clotting problems, a low blood platelet count, an infection, a fever of 100 degrees or higher or if you are sensitive to protamine. These medical conditions can increase the risk of side effects from Ixiaro.

Ixiaro is administered to adults and children who will be at risk of exposure to the Japanese encephalitis virus. It is administered by intramuscular injection in a series of two doses given 28 days apart. You should receive doses at least one week before traveling to any areas where you might be exposed to the Japanese encephalitis virus.

Ixiaro may harm an unborn baby, so make sure that the doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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