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Is it safe to skip a dtap shot if my baby had a bad reaction in the past?

Is it safe to skip a dtap shot if my baby had a bad reaction in the past?

Generally NO: It depends upon what the reaction was. Fussiness, fever, or soreness are aggravating, but not overly dangerous. An anaphylactic (severe allergic) or severe neurological reaction may be the only reasons not to immunize again. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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If my baby ran a fever after her first dtap vaccination, should I skip the next one?

If my baby ran a fever after her first dtap vaccination, should I skip the next one?

Not usually: Fever is the body's response to an illness, leading to activation of the immune system. Vaccinations are designed to teach the immune system how to fight off specific infections. This activation of the immune system can lead to a mild elevation of the temperature and is a normal reaction. Please let your doctor know if the fever is excessive, the child acts unusual, or you have other concerns. ...Read more

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Should I skip the dtap vaccine?

Should I skip the dtap vaccine?

Skip dtap vaccine: Why would you like to do that.I suppose this question is for a child.Dtap vaccine is very important vaccine and it protects the children againt three deadly diseases, tetanus, diptheria and whooping cough.It will be a very bad idea to skip this important vaccine. ...Read more

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Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

Should I skip the next polio vaccine for my infant if she had a really bad reaction with the first?

No; confirm first!: Discuss the reaction with your doctor and then make your decision. It's likely the reaction was not due to the vaccine. The polio vaccine side effects are mild, but polio is a devastating disease. This is a case where the risk of the disease is much greater than the risk of the vaccine! i would encourage you to vaccinate. ...Read more

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My son had convulsions and his fever reached 104 f. Is this a common reaction from the dtap shot?

My son had convulsions and his fever reached 104 f. Is this a common reaction from the dtap shot?

Maybe: It would have been common 25 years ago when we were using the whole cell DTP vaccine. Today with the acellular vaccine it is rarely the cause of any reaction.The prevnar (pneumococcal vaccine) vaccine (pneumoccal) is often given at the same time and I have seen more fevers since this vaccine was added to the group given. ...Read more

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Child got 2 dtap shots in one visit. Is that harmful?

Child got 2 dtap shots in one visit. Is that harmful?

No problem: Other than the pain of an extra stick, this is not a problem. The extra shot material will not add significantly to the kids immune response or interfere with the first. A "reaction" to the vaccine would occur with any amount of material given. ...Read more

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How to know if bad side effects are very common with the dtap shot?

How to know if bad side effects are very common with the dtap shot?

Check sources: I have been giving the vaccine since its introduction. After almost 2 decades I have seen no problems after thousands of doses. Check with the cdcat www.Cdc.Gov for their review of the data. The garbage put out by the vaccine haters have lead to an increase of whooping cough in the us from 2, 500 in the 90's to 40, 000 last year with 30+ deaths. Vaccines are good, avoiding the can be deadly. ...Read more

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I received two DTaP shots eight months apart. Is thiss too bad? Thanks

I received two DTaP shots eight months apart. Is thiss too bad? Thanks

No: We give them closer together in infants. It won't hurt you but may provide your immune protection a way to catch up if yours was week. ...Read more

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When should my child receive his dtap shots?

When should my child receive his dtap shots?

2, 4, 6, 15 months: The usual schedule for dtap shots in normal babies is at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, and a booster at 12-18 months. Another booster is at 4-5 years, and then the tdap booster is at 11 years. ...Read more

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My 3 mth old baby had to get his hepatitis b; polio; dtap shots over again, why?

My 3 mth old baby had to get his hepatitis b; polio; dtap shots over again, why?

Building immunity: The infant has a weak immune memory, leaving the protection from single vaccines to a duration of months rather than years unless they receive booster doses. After the boosters are given, and the kid gets older, the protection can last years.Even then, some will require boosting (tetanus) well into old age to maintain a protective level. ...Read more

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I had a Dtap shot after I had a baby 5yrs ago.And boosters before that.Yesterday I cut myself on a rusty nail,drew a little blood.Chances of Tetanus?

I had a Dtap shot after I had a baby 5yrs ago.And boosters before that.Yesterday I cut myself on a rusty nail,drew a little blood.Chances of Tetanus?

It is good for 10 yr: Working in urgent care our routine is to administer a tetanus booster to anyone who has a cut such as yours (puncture with dirty instrument) if the last booster was over 5 years. In your case it would probably be wise to get the booster. ...Read more

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I got the tdap/dtap shot 10 months ago. I'm 29 weeks pregnant. Do I need to get it again? Is it safe to get it twice in a year?

I got the tdap/dtap shot 10 months ago. I'm 29 weeks pregnant. Do I need to get it again? Is it safe to get it twice in a year?

Depends: If you had the equivalent vaccines in childhood and have a normal immune system there is no reason to get it again.It works as a reminder to your immune system and boosts the immunity you developed in childhood, some of which may have declined .If you never got any before, a second dose would be reasonable, ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a reaction to dtap?

What are the symptoms of a reaction to dtap?

See below:: Dtap may cause the following mild side effects, which usually last only a few days: •fever/fussinessrash •redness or swelling at the injection site •tenderness/soreness at the injection site becoming infected with diphtheria, pertussis, or tetanus is much more dangerous to your health than receiving the vaccine to protect against these diseases! ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Reaction to DTaP?

Response vs reaction: WE give out thousands of vaccine in our busy office. Most cases I see appropriate responses. A reaction in mind as a doc is adverse, uncommon and reportable by known criteria and definition. So an adverse reaction would be high grade fever, severe hives seizures and such. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for reaction to dtap?

What is the treatment for reaction to dtap?

Depends: It depends on the reaction. The most common reaction to dtap noticed by patients is a red, swollen arm at the injection site. Other common symptoms can be fever or generalized muscle soreness. These are all normal and not a cause for alarm. Treat with Ibuprofen if needed for a couple of days and they will go away. If it's a more serious reaction, call your doctor. ...Read more

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How many dtap vaccinations does my baby need?

How many dtap vaccinations does my baby need?

5+: A typical child will receive the dtap vaccine at 2, 4 and 6 months and then again at 12-15 months and again at 4 years. The tetanus booster for a previously up to date child will occur at 10-11 years of age and every 10 years thereafter. ...Read more

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How dangerous would it be if child accidentally given extra dose of dtap- 15 mo old?

How dangerous would it be if child accidentally given extra dose of dtap- 15 mo old?

Vaccines : If you are asking if an extra dose was given in the same day then one may see some addition fever or fussiness but not something to panic about. If your question is that the child got and addition dose another day then there would not be any addition reaction but there would be additional immunity. Also no need to worry. Vaccines are very safe and reactions are rare. ...Read more