Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccine
What does this vaccine help prevent ?
- Diphtheria —which causes a sore throat associated with a thick covering in the back of the throat
- Tetanus — which causes painful muscle tightening all over the body; also known as lockjaw
- Pertussis — which causes bad coughing spells that make it difficult for infants to eat, drink, and breathe; also known as whooping cough
What Is the DTaP Vaccine?
Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 15-18 months
- 4-6 years
What Are the Risks Associated With the Tetanus Vaccine?
Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
- Have had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of DTaP
- Has had a brain or nervous system disease within seven days after a dose of DTaP.
- Epilepsy or other nervous system problems
- Severe swelling or severe pain after a previous dose of any component of the vaccination to be given
- Guillain-Barre syndrome
- Moderate or severe illness—wait until you recover to get the vaccine
What Other Ways Can Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Be Prevented Besides Vaccination?
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Immunization American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
Vaccines & Immunizations Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis vaccine adsorbed. EBSCO DynaMed website. Available at: http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed. Updated August 7, 2014. Accessed August 28, 2014.
DTaP vaccine: What you need to know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/dtap.pdf. Updated May 17, 2007. Accessed August 28, 2014.
Immunization schedules for infants and children. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/easy-to-read/child.html. Updated January 31, 2014. Accessed August 28, 2014.
10/30/2009 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Prymula R, Siegrist C, Chlibek R, et al. Effect of prophylactic paracetamol administration at time of vaccination on febrile reactions and antibody responses in children: two open-label, randomised controlled trials. Lancet. 2009;374(9698):1339.
1/24/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Updated recommendations for use of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (tdap) vaccine from the advisory committee on immunization practices, 2010. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60(1):13-15.
11/4/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance http://www.ebscohost.com/dynamed: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Updated recommendations for use of tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) in pregnant women and persons who have or anticipate having close contact with an infant aged <12 months—Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2011. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2011;60:1424-1426.
- Reviewer: Fabienne Daguilh, MD
- Review Date: 06/2014 -
- Update Date: 06/03/2013 -
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