Vaccines and Preventable Diseases:
There is a vaccine to prevent anthrax, but it is not yet available for the general public. Anyone who may be exposed to anthrax, including certain members of the U.S. armed forces, laboratory workers, and workers who may enter or re-enter contaminated areas, may get the vaccine. Also, in the event of an attack using anthrax as a weapon, people exposed would get the vaccine.
What You Should Know:
For Health Professionals:
What You Should Know
- CDC's main Anthrax website
- Brief description
Symptoms, treatment, transmission, etc.
- Questions and Answers
- Pictures of Anthrax
Warning: Some of these photos are quite graphic.
- Additional Fact Sheets & Overviews
About anthrax, suspicious packages…
- Children and Anthrax: A Fact Sheet for Parents
- Side Effects
- Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
- Questions and Answers
- Fact Sheets
- Mail Handlers
Info for postal workers & others who handle mail
As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.
For Health Professionals
- Technical disease information
Clinical Features, Etiologic Agent, Incidence, Complications, Transmission, Risk Groups, Surveillance, Trends, Challenges, etc.
- Fact Sheet: Anthrax Information for Health Care Providers
- Exposure Management/Prophylaxis
- Infection Control
- Lab Testing
- Preparation & Planning
- Surveillance & Investigation
- Workplace Safety
- Related MMWR articles, links, and references
- Related websites
- Pink Book's chapter on Anthrax
Epidemiology & Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases textbook
- Infection control guidelines on anthrax
- Training & Education
- Clinical education slide set
from the "Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine-Preventable Diseases" course
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Content last reviewed on March 2, 2007
Content Source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases