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Plague Vaccine (Systemic)

Description and Brand Names | Before Using | Proper Use | Side Effects

  • Immunizing agent, active

Plague vaccine is an active immunizing agent used to prevent infection by plague bacteria. It works by causing your body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease.

Plague is a serious disease that can cause death. It is caused by a germ called Yersinia pestis , and is spread most often by infected rodents and by the bites of infected fleas. Plague may also be spread by close person-to-person contact with infected persons (such as occurs with persons living in the same household) who may carry plague bacteria in their nose and throat. Some infected persons do not appear to be sick, but they can still spread the germ to others.

If you are traveling to plague-infected areas of Africa, Asia, Latin America, or the western third of the United States, plague vaccine may help prevent plague infection. However, plague vaccine does not provide 100% protection. Therefore, it is very important to avoid contact with domestic and wild animals that may be infected, even if you have received the vaccine. To reduce your chance of getting plague from the bites of infected fleas, use insect repellent on exposed parts of your body, such as legs and ankles. Also apply DEET or another insecticide to clothes and outer bedding according to manufacturers' directions.

Plague vaccine is to be administered only by or under the supervision of a doctor. It is available in the following dosage form:

  • Injection (U.S.)


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