The health care provider can tell you which vaccine is right for your child.
DTaP is not given to children 7 years or older. Two vaccines are available for children 7 years through adulthood. These vaccines are Tdap and Td. Because immunity to diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis wears off, Tdap and Td are used as booster vaccines. The health care provider can tell you more about these vaccines.
WHO SHOULD NOT GET THIS VACCINE
A child who received a dose of any vaccine that has tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis in it and developed an allergy from the vaccine.
The health care provider will decide if a child who has nervous system problems, such as epilepsy, should receive any diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccine.
A child who is ill with something more severe than a cold or a has a fever should have the vaccination rescheduled until after the child is recovered.
RISKS AND SIDE EFFECTS
Common side effects include pain and swelling at the injection site, mild fever, and irritability.
Severe side effects include allergic reaction to parts of the vaccine.
There is no proof that DTaP vaccine is linked to the development of autism.
No vaccine works all of the time. It is still possible, though unlikely, to get any of the three infections even after receiving all doses (shots) of DTaP.
CALL YOUR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER IF:
You are not sure if your child should get the DTaP vaccine
Serious symptoms develop after your child gets the vaccine
You have questions or concerns about the vaccine
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Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.