Vaccine Side Effect Evaluation
The evaluation of an immunization reaction begins with a medical history and physical examination.
Physical findings in someone with an allergic reaction from an immunization reaction include:
- Rash in children
- A rash that looks like a bull's eye target:
- Rash in adults
- Eczema vaccinatum:
- Facial swelling
- Mouth or tongue swelling
- Low blood pressure
- Rapid pulse
- Eye redness
- Eye tearing
- Runny nose
Usually, testing is not necessary to make the diagnosis of an immunization reaction. Testing may be required to identify the substance in the immunization that caused the reaction.
Tests that may be used to evaluate an immunization reaction include:
Continue to Vaccine Side Effect Treatment
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