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What are the side effects from the tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine?

What are the side effects from the tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine?

Side effects: Hypersensitivity reactions like fever, pain, swelling, erythema at the site of injection. Severe anaphylactic reactions may occur but are uncommon, guillain-barre syndrome has been reported as well. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Ehman
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Poliomyelitis (Definition)

Poliomyelitis or polio is a serious infectious disease. It is transmitted person to person by oral- fecal route or contaminated water or food. It can cause serious paralysis in infected persons. There is no cure for polio, it can be prevented by polio vaccination. Polio has nearly been eradicated ...Read more


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How important is immunizing against tetanus, diphtheria, and polio at the age of 14?

How important is immunizing against tetanus, diphtheria, and polio at the age of 14?

Boosters: The tdap given at 11-15 is for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). The tetanus & diphtheria help you keep protective antibody levels up so you don't get these devastating infections. The pertussis vaccine helps prevent you from getting a 100 day bronchitis cough or being a carrier & giving it to a baby that could die from it. Polio is generally not given at this age unless missed ...Read more

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Is immunising against tetanus, diphtheria and polio at the age of 14 imporant?

Is immunising against tetanus, diphtheria and polio at the age of 14 imporant?

Yes it is important: Usually these vaccines are given in first and second year and then booster 4to6 years
And TDap is given at age of 11 or 12.
But if missed at 11or12 then it can be given at 14 years of age ...Read more

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I will be having my polio, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine. Should I go home after? Does it hurt?

I will be having my polio, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine. Should I go home after? Does it hurt?

Not necessarily: Usually the side-effects are minimal and consist of soreness at the injection site, and occasionally some low grade malaise. But most often you will be fine and can continue your normal daily activities. ...Read more

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What can you tell me about the tetanus diphtheria polio vaccine?

What can you tell me about the tetanus diphtheria polio vaccine?

Kinrix: Is a combination vaccine, administered by injection into the muscle, to encourage immunity against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio. It is indicated as a single dose for children 4-6 years old. This is an inactive (not live) virus vaccine. Kinrix is preservative free but contains a small amount of aluminum hydroxide. ...Read more

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How soon after a tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine can you consume alcohol?

How soon after a tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine can you consume alcohol?

No restrictions: There are no specific restrictions in regards to getting dtap/tdap or polio vaccines and drinking alcohol. There is nothing specific about a restriction of alcohol intake in relation to these shots at all. ...Read more

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I received 5 vaccinations yesterday and now I feel terrible. How long would the side effects last. I got the polio meningococo chicken pox etc.....?

I received 5 vaccinations yesterday and now I feel terrible. How long would the side effects last. I got the polio meningococo chicken pox etc.....?

Initial Rxn 48h: The pain & discomfort of any big series generally clears in 48hrs. With the MMR young adults sometimes have some mild joint stiffness or pain that can last a week or so but may not show up for 1-2 wks. ...Read more

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I got a diptheria, tetanus and polio vaccine all in one needle a few days ago. Getting a lot of fatigue now. Could it be from period?

I got a diptheria, tetanus and polio vaccine all in one needle a few days ago. Getting a lot of fatigue now. Could it be from period?

Please rewrite: I would be happy to answer your question, but it is not clear to me what you are asking. Tdap injections can cause fatigue. ...Read more

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When adolescents and adults are scheduled for their routine tetanus and diphtheria booster, should they get vaccinated with td or tdap?

When adolescents and adults are scheduled for their routine tetanus and diphtheria booster, should they get vaccinated with td or tdap?

Tdap, Usually: Unless there is a specific reason not to vaccinate against pertussis (whooping cough) such as a previous allergic reaction, tdap is preferred. Currently, people 65 and older can receive a dose of tdap, with boosters of td every 10 years. ...Read more

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I feel slight numbness in my left arm & my left thumb has started to twitch lately. I got vaccinated with tetanus and polio shots 10 days ago.

I feel slight numbness in my left arm & my left thumb has started to twitch lately. I got vaccinated with tetanus and polio shots 10 days ago.

Many possiblities: For this issue I would recommend that you see the doctor who gave you the vaccine, and explain your symptoms. I suspect he would want to send you to a neurologist to have an EMG done to see if there is damage to the nerve. If the ailment turns out to be progressive, the Neurologist would have a baseline exam. Further studies would need to be done. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant & had whooping coughs/diphtheria/tetanus/polio injection now it's sore red & swollen why?

Is a reaction: At the injection site swollen & red can happened. Or it could be a reaction from the vaccine or the preservatives. ...Read more

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How could you feel after the meningitis c jag and tetanas, diphtheria and polio jag?

How could you feel after the meningitis c jag and tetanas, diphtheria and polio jag?

OK, I'm ignorant: What does "jag" mean? Is it an abbreviation for something I'm not aware of?? Are you talking about the vaccines for these diseases? They are fantastic and can save lives - enough said. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the side-effects of polio?

Need expert help here. What are the side-effects of polio?

Why do you ask?: There is no polio in the western hemisphere, and you live in iowa. So rather than answer the question, i'd ask you to repost it explaining why you need expert help (rather than a simple google search) to get an answer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have post polio. What side effects will this statin drug cause?

Potentials: Statins do cause muscular adverse events, and one can experience pain, aching, weakness, and rarely, rhabdomyolysis. Most common is effect on muscle, but rarely, also, effect on peripheral nerve. Your prior polio might make the adverse events far more intense, if they occur, but there is no increased risk of muscle or nerve adverse events in those with prior polio. ...Read more

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Is it possible to show antibodies on specific test for diseases you never got vaccinated for? I'm trying to avoid mmr, tetanus & diptheria shots...

Is it possible to show antibodies on specific test for diseases you never got vaccinated for? I'm trying to avoid mmr, tetanus & diptheria shots...

Disease or Vaccine: Only way you can have positive antibodies in your blood is if you have received the vaccines and other way is if you have had the infection in the past
By getting the vaccine your body produces the antibodies which protects you against the infection if you are exposed to it
I will advice get the shot. But you are 34.you might have had MMR in childhood. Get your blodd checked. Get your tdap every10yrs ...Read more

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Does adult from abroad in us need diphtheria and tetanus toxiod shots?

INS question?: I am not aware of any immigration requirement to have dt given, but it is a good idea for everybody to have these vaccines. ...Read more

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How long does diphtheria vaccination last for?

How long does diphtheria vaccination last for?

Boosters needed: The official recommendation is that one should receive a tetanus-diphtheria adult booster once every ten years to keep up immunity to both diseases. ...Read more

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When should I get the diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus shot?

When should I get the diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus shot?

Probably now: If you're like most adults, you probably haven't had a pertussis containing vaccine since childhood. Up until six years ago, there wasn't a pertussis containing vaccine in the usa recommended for adults. The cdc recommends that all adults through age 64 get a single pertussis containing vaccine (tdap) (includes tetanus and diphtheria). It's also given to those over 65 in contact with infants. ...Read more

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I'm not sure, but should my arm hurt after diphtheria and tetanus vaccines?

Yes: Certainly a normal reaction. Not a serious one. I have found that applying heat seems to help. ...Read more

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Can it be possible for you to overdose on tetanus/diphtheria vaccine?

Can it be possible for you to overdose on tetanus/diphtheria vaccine?

If you are going to: A reputable doctor, they will know how to draw up the correct amount from a multidose vial, or give a single dose pre-filled syringe of the vaccine. That amount is standard and therefore cannot be given as an overdose. ...Read more

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How would/does your body react to the polio virus with no vaccination?

How would/does your body react to the polio virus with no vaccination?

Non-immune: People exposed to wild type polio virus have a 1 or 2 percent chance of getting paralytic polio. ...Read more

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On remicade, (infliximab) lab tests show low pneumonia, diphtheria, and tetanus antibodies? Should I do anything or be concerned?

On remicade, (infliximab) lab tests show low pneumonia, diphtheria, and tetanus antibodies? Should I do anything or be concerned?

Observation: Remicade (infliximab) can have some immune suppressing properties and your physicians might have a lower threshold for treating infections. Let them know of any symptoms that might be due to infection so they can initiate antibiotic treatment appropriately. ...Read more

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Ideas on why a person who had the diphtheria vaccine as a child but hasn't had a second vaccination become susceptible to diphtheria later in life?

Ideas on why a person who had the diphtheria vaccine as a child but hasn't had a second vaccination become susceptible to diphtheria later in life?

Wears off: The clones of protective lymphocytes die off as part of the process of living and acquiring new immunity. The same happens for most immunizations. ...Read more

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I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

I was wondering what do tetanus and diphtheria have in common?

Bacterial diseases: The most important thing for you to know that these are both bacterial diseases that have been conquered by immunization -- so long as we can get the immunization to people, overcoming superstition and slick disinformation campaigns. The bacteria are still very much with us. Both diseases are agonizing and often lethal. ...Read more

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When can you start polio vaccinations?

When can you start polio vaccinations?

StartsAt2months Age: It starts at age of 2 months
But if not immunized it can start at any age ...Read more

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Can people still have the possibility of getting polio after vaccination?

Yes and no: In countries where oral polio vaccine is used 1 per 1, 000, 000 can get polio from the vaccine. In us we don't use that vaccine since 1993. ...Read more

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I've had the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines. Should my arm hurt?

Tetanus shots hurt: Some shots hurt the arm more than others. Tetanus is known to be a bad one for pain. As long as you can move your arm and aren't in extreme pain it's probably okay. You need to be assessed immediately if not. Call your doctor if you aren't sure. ...Read more

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Should my arm hurt after getting diphtheria and tetanus vaccines?

Usually does: Since the shot is given into the muscle it will often hurt. The pain is similar to getting hit in that location, but should subside over the next day or two. ...Read more

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Is there a tetanus vaccine available without the diphtheria component?

Tetanus Toxoid: Tetanus toxoid is the vaccine for tetanus without diphtheria.
Routine booster
0.5 ml im of tetanus toxoid adsorbed or 0.5 ml im or subcutaneously of tetanus toxoid given 10 years after completion of primary immunization and every 10 years thereafter. If a dose is given sooner as part of wound management, the next booster is not needed for 10 years thereafter. ...Read more

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Is the tetanus vaccine available without the diphtheria component included?

Is the tetanus vaccine available without the diphtheria component included?

Yes: There is a tetanus toxoid that is only tetanus. However, usually tetanus is given along with diphtheria. ...Read more

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Could tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

Could tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

It can cause pain: Injections can cause local hematomas, or "bruises" to the muscle. This happens especially if a person or child tenses the muscle during an injection. After an injection, it is best to use cool compresses to the area for the first 24 hours - then change to warm compresses (not too hot!). Also, gentle massage to the area helps resolve the swelling. ...Read more

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I thought diphtheria had been wiped out a long time ago, but my mother says that the vaccinations are still being given. Is it necessary for babies to be vaccinated?

I thought diphtheria had been wiped out a long time ago, but my mother says that the vaccinations are still being given. Is it necessary for babies to be vaccinated?

Yes: As we all emphasize, the only truly eradicated vaccine preventable disease appears to be smallpox. Although some are rare, there are pockets of disease thruout the world. All it takes is one infected traveler interacting with a susceptible population to trigger a serious outbreak. ...Read more

Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Diphtheria (Definition)

A potentially fatal, contagious disease that usually involves the nose, throat, and air passages, but may also infect the skin. Its most striking feature is the formation of a grayish membrane covering the tonsils and upper ...Read more