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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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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