PAUL KRAVITZ, M.D.
To the editor: The Center for Disease Control's recommendations on influenza vaccine (Ann Intern Med 87:316-318, 1977) fails to report one complication that I have observed in two patients recently. Many vaccines, including bivalent influenza vaccine, contain a complex organic mercurial compound (thimerosal) that is used as preservative (1). Both of my patients, young men who had tattoos on their forearms, one for several months and the other for several years, received bivalent influenza vaccine. Each tattoo contained a cinnabar (mercury) area. Within seconds in one and hours in the other of receiving the vaccine, each patient developed intense itching,
KRAVITZ P. Influenza Vaccine and Itchy Tattoos. Ann Intern Med. ;88:428. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-88-3-428_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1978;88(3):428.
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