ICD-9 Diagnosis Code V03.3

Vaccin for plague

Diagnosis Code V03.3

ICD-9: V03.3
Short Description: Vaccin for plague
Long Description: Need for prophylactic vaccination and inoculation against plague
This is the 2014 version of the ICD-9-CM diagnosis code V03.3

Code Classification
  • Supplementary classification of factors influencing health status and contact with health services
    • Persons with potential health hazards related to communicable diseases (V01-V09)
      • V03 Need for prophylactic vaccination and inoculation against bacterial diseases

Information for Medical Professionals

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Index of Diseases and Injuries
References found for the code V03.3 in the Index of Diseases and Injuries:

    • Admission (encounter)
      • for
        • vaccination, prophylactic (against)
          • plague V03.3
    • Glucoglycinuria 270.7
    • Plague 020.9
      • vaccination, prophylactic (against) V03.3
    • Vaccination
      • prophylactic (against) V05.9
        • plague V03.3

Information for Patients


Also called: Bubonic plague, Pneumonic plague

Plague is an infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. The bacteria are found mainly in rats and in the fleas that feed on them. People and other animals can get plague from rat or flea bites. In the past, plague destroyed entire civilizations. Today plague is uncommon, due to better living conditions and antibiotics.

There are three forms of plague:

  • Bubonic plague causes the tonsils, adenoids, spleen, and thymus to become inflamed. Symptoms include fever, aches, chills, and tender lymph glands.
  • In septicemic plague, bacteria multiply in the blood. It causes fever, chills, shock, and bleeding under the skin or other organs.
  • Pneumonic plague is the most serious form. Bacteria enter the lungs and cause pneumonia. People with the infection can spread this form to others. This type could be a bioterror agent.

Lab tests can diagnose plague. Treatment is a strong antibiotic. There is no vaccine.

NIH: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

  • Plague

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