All content below is taken in its entirety from the CDC DTaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis) Vaccine Information Statement (VIS): www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/dtap.html.
CDC review information for Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP) VIS:
Content source: National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases
WHY GET VACCINATED?
DTaP vaccine can help protect your child from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.
Most children who are vaccinated with DTaP will be protected throughout childhood. Many more children would get these diseases if we stopped vaccinating.
Children should usually get 5 doses of DTaP vaccine, one dose at each of the following ages:
DTaP may be given at the same time as other vaccines. Also, sometimes a child can receive DTaP together with one or more other vaccines in a single shot.
SOME CHLDREN SHOULD NOT GET A DTaP VACCINE OR SHOULD WAIT
DTaP is only for children younger than 7 years old. DTaP vaccine is not appropriate for everyone - a small number of children should receive a different vaccine that contains only diphtheria and tetanus instead of DTaP.
Tell your health care provider if your child:
In some cases, your health care provider may decide to postpone your child's DTaP vaccination to a future visit.
Children with minor illnesses, such as a cold, may be vaccinated. Children who are moderately or severely ill should usually wait until they recover before getting DTaP vaccine.
Your health care provider can give you more information.
RISKS OF A VACCINE REACTION
As with any medicine, there is a very remote chance of a vaccine causing a severe allergic reaction, other serious injury, or death.
WHAT IF THERE IS A SERIOUS REACTION?
An allergic reaction could occur after the child leaves the clinic. If you see signs of a severe allergic reaction (hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, or weakness), call 911 and get the child to the nearest hospital.
For other signs that concern you, call your child's health care provider.
Serious reactions should be reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). Your doctor will usually file this report, or you can do it yourself. Visit the VAERS website or call 1-800-822-7967. VAERS is only for reporting reactions, it does not give medical advice
THE NATIONAL VACCINE INJURY COMPENSATION PROGRAM
The National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (VICP) is a federal program that was created to compensate people who may have been injured by certain vaccines.
Visit the VICP website or call 1-800-338-2382 to learn about the program and about filing a claim. There is a time limit to file a claim for compensation..
HOW CAN I LEARN MORE?
Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
Reviewed By: David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.