Who should not get anthrax vaccine?

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If you have a moderate to severe illness your doctor may have you wait to receive anthrax vaccine (BioThrax) until you're completely well. People who are mildly ill can usually receive the vaccine.

You should not receive anthrax vaccine if you've had Guillain Barré syndrome, or if you have ever had a serious allergic reaction to an earlier dose of anthrax vaccine. Tell your doctor about any serious allergies you have, including allergy to latex.

A woman who is pregnant should not get the anthrax vaccine unless she's been exposed to anthrax and is at risk of developing inhalation disease. In that case the benefit would outweigh any risk to the fetus. Women who are breastfeeding may be vaccinated safely.

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Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.