Attenuvax

1 What is Attenuvax?

Brand: Attenuvax

Generic: Measles Virus Vaccine Live

Measles Virus Vaccine Live is an immunization against measles virus. Different vaccine is given for German measles.

Measles is an airborne disease that is transmitted through contact with infected mucus and saliva. Its early signs and symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, and inflamed eyes. Serious complications of measles include ear infection, eye infection, laryngitis, pneumonia, bronchitis, heart and nervous system problems, brain damage, and possible death. Complications of measles are more likely to develop in infants, teenagers, adults, and in children with a weakened immune system.

Children under the age of 12 to 15 months and older should be given a Measles Virus Vaccine Live.

It is not usually recommended for infants up to 12 months of age, unless their chance of getting measles virus is high. This is because the antibodies that they received from their mothers before birth may interfere with the efficiency of the vaccine. Children who were immunized against measles before 12 months of age should be immunized twice.

2 What to Know Before Using

Tell to your doctor if you are allergic to Attenuvax or to any other medications. You should also inform your healthcare providers if you are allergic to foods, dyes, or animals.

Pregnancy category C – Tell your doctor first if you are currently expecting a baby or if you are planning to become pregnant before taking this medication.

This medicine can cause minimal risk to the infant during breastfeeding. Discuss with your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.

Receiving this medicine with Deflazacort is not recommended and you may not be required to receive this medication. Otherwise, alternative medicine may be prescribed for your other medications.

Receiving Attenuvax with any of the following medicines is usually not recommended, but with exception in some cases. Dosage or frequency of one or both of your medicines may be changed if both medicines are prescribed together.

  • Aclarubicin
  • Adalimumab
  • Aldesleukin
  • Alemtuzumab
  • Altretamine
  • Amonafide
  • Amsacrine
  • Asparaginase
  • Azacitidine
  • Azathioprine
  • Bleomycin
  • Broxuridine
  • Busulfan
  • Capecitabine
  • Carboplatin
  • Carmustine
  • Certolizumab Pegol
  • Chlorambucil
  • Cisplatin
  • Cladribine
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Cytarabine
  • Cytarabine Liposome
  • Dacarbazine
  • Dactinomycin
  • Daunorubicin
  • Daunorubicin Citrate Liposome
  • Decitabine
  • Docetaxel
  • Doxifluridine
  • Doxorubicin
  • Doxorubicin Hydrochloride Liposome
  • Edatrexate
  • Eflornithine
  • Epirubicin
  • Estramustine
  • Etanercept
  • Etoposide
  • Everolimus
  • Fingolimod
  • Floxuridine
  • Fludarabine
  • Fluorouracil
  • Fotemustine
  • Gallium Nitrate
  • Gemcitabine
  • Golimumab
  • Hydroxyurea
  • Idarubicin
  • Ifosfamide
  • Immune Globulin
  • Infliximab
  • Irinotecan
  • Leflunomide
  • Lomustine
  • Mechlorethamine
  • Melphalan
  • Meningococcal Vaccine
  • Mercaptopurine
  • Methotrexate
  • Mitolactol
  • Mitomycin
  • Mitotane
  • Mitoxantrone
  • Mycophenolic Acid
  • Oxaliplatin
  • Paclitaxel
  • Pegaspargase
  • Pentostatin
  • Pipobroman
  • Pirarubicin
  • Plicamycin
  • Procarbazine
  • Raltitrexed
  • Rilonacept
  • Rituximab
  • Secukinumab
  • Siltuximab
  • Sirolimus
  • Streptozocin
  • Tacrolimus
  • Teceleukin
  • Tegafur
  • Temsirolimus
  • Teniposide
  • Teriflunomide
  • Thioguanine
  • Thiotepa
  • Topotecan
  • Trabectedin
  • Treosulfan
  • Trimetrexate
  • Trofosfamide
  • Uracil Mustard
  • Ustekinumab
  • Vinblastine
  • Vincristine
  • Vincristine Sulfate Liposome
  • Vindesine
  • Vinorelbine

Receiving Attenuvax with Abatacept may cause an increased risk of certain side effects, but using both drugs may be the best treatment for you. Dosage or frequency of one or both of your medicines may be changed if both medicines are prescribed together.

Attenuvax is contraindicated for patients with immune deficiency condition and severe illness with fever.

3 Proper Usage

Attenuvax is injected through the fatty layer of tissue just under the skin by a nurse or other trained health care professionals in a hospital or clinic. 

For adults and children 12 months of age and older, one dose is injected followed by a second dose at least one month later.

4 Precautions to Take

Avoid becoming pregnant for 3 months after receiving this vaccine. Consult with doctor if you are planning to become pregnant or if you think you have become pregnant.

Tell your doctor if you are to receive a tuberculin skin test within 4 to 6 weeks after receiving this vaccine.

Tell your doctor if you are to receive this vaccine within 2 weeks before or 3 to 11 months after receiving blood transfusions or other blood products.

Tell your doctor if you are to receive this vaccine 2 weeks before or 3 to 11 months after receiving gamma globulin or other immune globulins.

5 Potential Side Effects

If any of the following side effects occur, check with your doctor right away:

  • Fever over 103 °f (39.4 °c)
  • Bruising or purple spots on skin
  • Confusion
  • Double vision
  • Headache (severe or continuing)
  • Irritability
  • Stiff neck
  • Swelling, blistering or pain at place of injection
  • Swelling of glands in neck
  • Vomiting

Symptoms of allergic reaction:

  • Difficulty in breathing or swallowing
  • Hives
  • Itching, especially of feet or hands
  • Reddening of skin, especially around ears
  • Swelling of eyes, face, or inside of nose
  • Unusual tiredness or weakness (sudden and severe)

Less serious side effects:

  • Fever or skin rash may occur from 5 to 12 days after vaccination and usually lasts several days.

Not all side effects are listed above. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professionals.

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