Allergic to latex and other vaccine allergies

  1. Hi everyone , I am planning on attending an lpn program in New York this fall . Today I went for my titers and tb testing , while there I asked the physician to administer a tetanus booster as it's a requirement for the program . I explained how I have an allergy to latex and was told to inform my physician about the allergy . When explaining my latex allergy I asked if they would predose me with Benadryl to help me from going into anaphylactic shock . Most of the time with latex I get hives , welts and an itchy throat . However when food is prepared with latex gloves my throat does close and end up in respiratory distress . The physician then explained that the negatives were greater than any benefit and wrote me a note to not vaccinate . I brought it to the school who then said they would probably not be able to place me . I understand the issues with many deciding to not vaccinate but this is not the situation . I will gladly take a precautionary dose of benedryl to be vaccinated but the physician believes this to be dangerous . The school seems to be pushing the idea that I will have to cut my loses and go in a different direction . If anyone has any experience in this please let me know . Or if you are from the Long Island area pleaSe list programs that will accept those with allergies or doctors who will vaccinate those with allergies. I contacted allergists and they don't do tetanus shots it seems . Thanks for everyone's help !
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  3. by   verene
    I have a latex allergy (mild) and have always managed to get my tetanus boosters with out issue. I think different manufacturers of the vaccine carry different risk for exposure and some formulations are latex free. I would consult with your physician and/or pharmacist as to options and then take their advice. Good luck!
  4. by   MunoRN
    Tetanus vaccines with latex free packaging are not only available but fairly common, I would revisit this with your physician and ask about latex free formulations, if your physician isn't aware that these exist then I would check with other reliable source in your area, urgent care centers often have both standard vaccine formulations and alternative formulations in stock.
  5. by   bugya90
    Many Td vaccine manufacturers now make latex free versions. I used to order them al the time when I worked in Family Medicine. I wjust kid highly suggest looking into this further. Contact your local health department.
  6. by   Jlynn85
    Thank you , I appreciate all the responses . I am currently looking into getting it done through an immunologist . I'm hoping to find out soon what can be done.
  7. by   inthecosmos
    Definitely check the area for other suppliers. Health departments may be a place to consider as they regularly administer vaccines.