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Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP)

What are diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis?

Diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus are serious diseases.

Immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis:

Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines prevent these diseases. Most children who receive all of their shots will be protected during childhood. A combination vaccine is given to babies and children and provides protection against all three diseases. There are several types of the vaccine, including the following:

When are DTaP vaccines given?

DTaP vaccines are given to babies and children at the following ages:

Every 10 years, a person should receive a tetanus booster. Some children should not get the DTaP vaccines, or should get them later. These include children who:

Your child's physician will advise you about vaccines in these situations.

What are the risks from DTaP vaccines?

As with any medication, vaccines carry a small risk of serious harm, such as a severe allergic reaction or even death. If there are reactions, they usually start within three days and do not last long. Most people have no serious reactions from these vaccines. Reactions are much less likely after DTaP than older forms of the vaccine. Common reactions to these vaccines may include the following:

Severe reactions such as very high fever, seizures, or allergic reactions to these vaccines are rare.

How do I care for my child after immunization with DTaP vaccine?

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