Latex often contaminates vaccine solutions by interacting with the syringe plungers, vial stopper or seal. Latex contains numerous polypeptides, many of which may act as allergens; case reports describe various immediate-type hypersensitivity reactions occurring post-vaccination in patients with a history of latex allergy, including anaphylaxis. Perhaps as a result of mass vaccination campaigns, allergic reactions to latex are relatively common and can cause anaphylactic shock, which can be life-threatening.

EDF Suspected: Immunotoxicant, Respiratory Toxicant, Skin or Sense Organ Toxicant. More hazardous than most chemicals in 1 ranking system.

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