Adenoviruses are very common and come in many types. Depending on the virus type, adenoviruses can cause:
These symptoms can last up to 10 days.
Infection with adenovirus can also rarely lead to more serious problems, such as pneumonia, stomach and bowel problems, and even death. Some people who are infected may have to be hospitalized.
Adenovirus infection can be spread from person to person through the air (for example, by sneezing or coughing). It can also be spread by personal contact, such as touching an infected person or handling objects that an infected person has touched.
Two types of adenovirus (Type 4 and Type 7) have caused severe outbreaks of respiratory illness among military recruits.
Adenovirus vaccine contains live adenovirus Type 4 and Type 7. It will prevent most illness caused by these two virus types.
Adenovirus vaccine comes as two tablets, taken orally (by mouth) at the same time. The tablets should be swallowed whole, not chewed or crushed.
Adenovirus vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Who should get adenovirus vaccine?
The vaccine is approved for military personnel 17 through 50 years of age. It is recommended by the Department of Defense for military recruits entering basic training. It may also be recommended for other military personnel at high risk for adenovirus infection.
A vaccine, like any medicine, could cause a serious reaction. But the risk of a vaccine causing serious harm, or death, is extremely small.
Several mild problems have been reported within 2 weeks of getting the vaccine:
More serious problems have been reported by about 1 person in 100, within 6 months of vaccination. These problems included:
It is not clear whether these mild or serious problems were caused by the vaccine or occurred after vaccination by chance.
As with all vaccines, adenovirus vaccine will continue to be monitored for unexpected or severe problems.
Look for any unusual condition, such as a high fever, severe stomach pain or diarrhea.
Signs of an allergic reaction can include difficulty breathing, hoarseness or wheezing, hives, paleness, weakness, a fast heartbeat, or dizziness within a few minutes to a few hours after swallowing the tablets.
VAERS is only for reporting reactions. They do not give medical advice..
Vaccine Information Statement
Adenovirus Vaccine (6/11/2014)
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