Is it possible to test for intolerance/tolerance to Tetanus vaccine? Or for additives to the vaccine?
I have had an adverse reaction to a Tetanus shot. This happened when I was 12 (over 30 years ago). I remember my face swelling and having a fever. While no one said so at the time, I suspect that this could have been an over dose as I had received all the recommended Tetanus shots plus two extra: one when I was 6 and the other- which caused the reaction - when I was 12. I had no reaction to the prior ones.
At the time, it was suggested that I might have been allergic to the preservative and not to the Tetanus itself. As a consequence, I was told to avoid all shots, which I did for about 15 years. I have since had some travel immunizations without any problems.
But, I have not received any additional Tetanus shots and am now worried that the protection has worn off. Since I have small kids I am not always able to think about what I am doing and where so I'd really like to get a booster, but only if I won't have another adverse reaction. I have asked various GPs about this over the years but not received a clear answer about what to do. I would very much appreciate your advice/insight..
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