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    Old 12-10-2003, 03:44 PM   #1
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    Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    6 hours after receiving a double booster on hep b vaccine from Glaxo Smith Kline I became quite ill, nausea, gastro pain issues etc. The next day this reaction faded and was replaced by generalized Pruritis (Itching). I received a double booster because my immunity titer level always would fall off with one shot. I was assured this was safe.

    I had the shot in late October and have just started heavy duty anti histamines and prednisone a week ago (Dec4) to supress what my doctors classify as an over immune response. Glaxco has been vey unhelpful in providing info on a possible cure/treatment and how long it may take to go away. This company admits that in 0.03 to 0.05 % of shots that this reaction can happen, but it is "very rare". They say my case sounds uncomfortable but they have reports of worst itching accompanied by severe body rashes/Hives that usually clear with 3 months or so of prednisone intevention. I do not have rashes but my skin does turn red easily when pressure is applied and it take 30 minutes or so to fade.

    My doctors feel that with prednisone my immune systen should but is not guaranteed to settle down in the next month and the itching should subside.

    I caution anyone to read and research all facts surrounding this vaccine and its myriad of "rare side effects".If they are so rare then why are so many different reactions on file. Plain and simple *** covering by the manufactueres. This is a billion $ industry and my limited research indicates there is widespread cover-up on more severe reactions and permanent disabilities and the government condones this due to intense lobbying.

    My doc just injected me with this booster and said I might get a mild localized reaction. Mild my ***, I was never presented with any literature or warned of possible side effects. I was shocked when i read about the lethal chemicals such as Mercury, Formaldihyde, Thimersol etc put into this vaccine.

    If anyone has had generalized Pruritis from this vaccine please post. I am curious to know what meds relieved/eliminated this and when it faded.

     
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    Old 12-10-2003, 06:06 PM   #2
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

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    6 hours after receiving a double booster on hep b vaccine from Glaxo Smith Kline I became quite ill, nausea, gastro pain issues etc. The next day this reaction faded and was replaced by generalized Pruritis (Itching). I received a double booster because my immunity titer level always would fall off with one shot. I was assured this was safe.

    I had the shot in late October and have just started heavy duty anti histamines and prednisone a week ago (Dec4) to supress what my doctors classify as an over immune response. Glaxco has been vey unhelpful in providing info on a possible cure/treatment and how long it may take to go away. This company admits that in 0.03 to 0.05 % of shots that this reaction can happen, but it is "very rare". They say my case sounds uncomfortable but they have reports of worst itching accompanied by severe body rashes/Hives that usually clear with 3 months or so of prednisone intevention. I do not have rashes but my skin does turn red easily when pressure is applied and it take 30 minutes or so to fade.

    My doctors feel that with prednisone my immune systen should but is not guaranteed to settle down in the next month and the itching should subside.

    I caution anyone to read and research all facts surrounding this vaccine and its myriad of "rare side effects".If they are so rare then why are so many different reactions on file. Plain and simple *** covering by the manufactueres. This is a billion $ industry and my limited research indicates there is widespread cover-up on more severe reactions and permanent disabilities and the government condones this due to intense lobbying.

    My doc just injected me with this booster and said I might get a mild localized reaction. Mild my ***, I was never presented with any literature or warned of possible side effects. I was shocked when i read about the lethal chemicals such as Mercury, Formaldihyde, Thimersol etc put into this vaccine.

    If anyone has had generalized Pruritis from this vaccine please post. I am curious to know what meds relieved/eliminated this and when it faded.
    The reason it seems like there are so many side-effects is because you're looking at a list of them. Think about if even there were 500 cases of any of those side-effects, it still would be a TINY fraction of the number of people who received the shot. Unfortunately, these vaccines are immunogenic and some people, like yourself, react to it.

    Where did you get the information that there's mercury in the Hep B vaccine? This isn't true. Make sure that when you're doing research on these vaccines that you're not reading information from a naturopath or a conspiracy theorist site. These people are biased against vaccines and they like to present all sorts of false information which puts vaccines in a bad light. In fact, vaccines are one of the best things that have happened in terms of public health in our society.

    In terms of other medications that might help you:

    benadryl
    atarax (hydroxyzine)
    calamine lotion

     
    Old 12-10-2003, 06:21 PM   #3
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    To Butterflys response.

    Thanks for your response/suggestions. I am already taking those medications + 15Mg of prednisone per day for 3 weeks to try and settle my immune response down. Here is a list of hep b components from a Glaxco site and there are indeed trace amounts of Mercury.There is alot of nasty sounding crap in this cocktail like aluminum Hydroxide.

    Each 1-mL adult dose contains 20 mcg of hepatitis B surface antigen adsorbed on 0.5 mg
    aluminum as aluminum hydroxide. The adult vaccine is formulated without preservatives. The
    adult formulation contains a trace amount of thimerosal (<1.0 mcg mercury) from the
    manufacturing process, sodium chloride (9 mg/mL), and phosphate buffers (disodium phosphate
    dihydrate, 0.98 mg/mL; sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, 0.71 mg/mL).



    Each 1-mL adult dose contains 20 mcg of hepatitis B surface antigen adsorbed on 0.5 mg
    aluminum as aluminum hydroxide. The adult vaccine is formulated without preservatives. The
    adult formulation contains a trace amount of thimerosal (<1.0 mcg mercury) from the
    manufacturing process, sodium chloride (9 mg/mL), and phosphate buffers (disodium phosphate
    dihydrate, 0.98 mg/mL; sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, 0.71 mg/mL).

     
    Old 12-10-2003, 10:30 PM   #4
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    Aluminum hydroxide is present in many of the antacids we consume every day. Why does it sound nasty?

     
    Old 12-12-2003, 10:46 AM   #5
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    Update:

    Well the good news I guess is that I am now immune to hep B. My Titer level 150 IU/ML is immune, which my doctor says is a good antibody response.

    Pruritis seems to be getting a bit better since the prednisone and antihistamine intervention 7 days ago, but in no way has the Pruritis reaction that started 7 weeks ago resolved yet. My steroid course is 3-4 weeks and I have just finished one week. My doctor had me up my dosage to 8 tablets per day(40 mg per day) for the next four days then bring it down one tablet a day until I hit 4 (20mg per day) which he wants me to maintain for another week. The last week the dose will be reduced to 2 and 1 tablets. I hope this works.

    Again if anyone has experienced a similar reaction I would like to hear from you, specifically what medications resolved this reaction and how long it took before the generalized pruritis fades.

    If my Titer level ever falls off again I don't ever plan on having another booster shot!

     
    Old 12-14-2003, 11:15 AM   #6
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    Is there anyone out there who can help me with some suggestions for this Pruritis reaction to the hep B vaccine and when it might go away, surely someone else has had a similar experience??

    What herbs might reduce itching and settle down the immune system. Is a naturopath better than a homeopath??

    I would appreciate the help

    Thanks

     
    Old 12-16-2003, 08:37 AM   #7
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    The pruritis now seems to be on off throughout the day. I have had a bit of imrovement but there are still some really intense times. I continue to take the prednisone/ anti-histamines and will see a naturopath who has had experience with vaccine reactions tonight, she also does accupunture. At this point I will try anything to quell the Pruritis.

     
    Old 12-16-2003, 02:48 PM   #8
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    Hey there... you said you've been tried on hydroxyzine right?

     
    Old 12-16-2003, 06:24 PM   #9
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

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    Hey there... you said you've been tried on hydroxyzine right?

    Hi,

    yes I am taking that anti histmine and prednisone on a daily basis. They have helped a bit, but not allot.

    I saw a naturopath last night who also does accupuncture. She says that vaccines have many poisions in them that can take a long time to purge from the system (cells). She has provided Three toxin clearing products from the Unda Group, which I will take for four weeks. This is supposed to clear my system out. Then I will start a course of natural products to try and reset and calm my immune system down. I am kind of skeptical at this point as I have never dealt with alternative therapy, but am willing to try anything to stop the generalized pruritis.

    I am also starting massage and accupuncture to reduce the stress this is causing and hopefully reduce the intensity of the itching with stress relief.

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    Old 11-29-2006, 11:34 PM   #10
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    Re: Hepatitis vaccine reaction Generalized pruritis (Itching)

    mrideout: I am having the same reaction to hep b vaccine. I had the vaccine on 20th and started itching on 24th. The dr doesn't think my itching is vaccine-related and she says that maybe I have dry skin!!! Anyways, I was wondering how long it took you to get rid of the itching. I am probably going to see a liver specialist. I am so frustrated right now.
    Thanks.

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