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DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) Drug and Prescription Information


DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) Medication Classification


DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) Brandname

Tripedia, Infanrix

DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) is used for the Treatment

Given to babies and young children to prevent diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough).

When To Not Use DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable)

This medicine should not be given to a child who has had an allergic reaction to DTP vaccine (DTaP vaccine) or to individual diphtheria, tetanus, or pertussis vaccines, or to thimerosal or gelatin. This medicine should not be given to a child who has previously had a severe reaction to DTP vaccines (DTaP vaccine) that included seizures or loss of consciousness that lasted several hours and occurred within 7 days of receiving the vaccine.

How Should You Use DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable)


  • This medicine is given only to children from the age of 6 weeks old up to the child's 7th birthday.
  • Your child's doctor will prescribe the exact dose and tell you how often it should be given.
  • An intramuscular (in-tra-MUS-kyoo-ler) or IM injection is a shot given in the muscle of the upper arm, thigh, or buttocks.
  • The doctor, nurse, or other caregiver trained to give injections will give the shot.
  • This medicine is usually given as a series of 5 shots, although the schedule for your child may vary. In general, your child will receive the first dose at about 6 weeks to 2 months of age. The second dose is given 4 to 8 weeks later. The third dose is given 4 to 8 weeks after the second. A fourth dose (booster dose) is given at 15 to 20 months of age. The fifth dose is given about the time your child starts kindergarten, around 4 to 6 years old. Ask your doctor about your child's schedule, since it could be different.
  • Your doctor may give your child Tylenol® when he or she receives this vaccination, to help reduce possible side effects. The doctor may also tell you to continue giving the child Tylen

Proper DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) Storage

Store DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if your child has recently received immune globulin or if your child is using blood thinners or any medicine that suppresses the immune system, such as corticosteroids or medicines to treat cancer or arthritis.


  • Make sure your doctor knows if your child has had a severe reaction to previous vaccinations or if your child has any problems involving the nervous system, such as seizures. Also tell the doctor if anyone in your immediate family has a history of seizures. These could increase the chances of serious side effects. Be sure to discuss this with your doctor.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if your child has any blood-clotting problems or is allergic to latex rubber.
  • Tell your doctor if your child has or has recently had an illness or infection (such as a cold or the flu), especially if your child has a fever. Your doctor may want to wait until the child is better before giving the vaccination.
  • Patients who have problems with their immune systems, such as those who are getting medicine like prednisone, receiving chemotherapy for cancer, or who have HIV infection or AIDS, may not be fully protected by this vaccine. Because there may be some benefit, your child's doctor may still want to give the vaccine.

DIPHTHERIA/PERTUSSIS/TETANUS VACCINE (DTaP) (Injection) (Injectable) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Crying constantly for 3 hours or more
  • Fever of 105° or higher
  • Seizures or convulsions, loss of consciousness, sudden and severe weakness or limpness, severe numbness, or excessive sleepiness
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Fussiness or drowsiness
  • Low fever
  • Nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
  • Pain, redness, swelling, tenderness, or a lump where the shot was given


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Chris, Chris - 01/12/2014

I was reading this and thinikng, yes, yes and yes. My youngest is almost 15 months and has always had horrible, wretched reactions to vaccines site swelling, GI issues and pure rage. We're now on a delayed schedule but I think I'm going to postpone this round of vaccines further. Paired with her food allergy (which she sensitized to after routine shots and an antibiotic for a nasty ear infection) and what I now know goes into making vaccines, I'm incredibly leering of continuing. Like you, I'd like immunity for the shots we've already recieved but with the exception of polio, most of the illnesses we're vaccinating against aren't life-threatening in normal kids. What's scary is that pediatrians can now deny you as a patient if you don't follow AAP and CSC's recommended vaccine schedule. I don't even want to think about the battle ahead with schools, sports and the like.