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How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

5-10 years: You recieve doses of dtap at 2mo, 4mo, 6mo and then 15mo. Then a booster again at 4 years of age. Then another at age 11. And then every 5-10 years (according to some experts). If fully immunized. ...Read more

Dr. EMILIA MATOS
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Pertussis Vaccine (Definition)

Is a vaccine preventing from a pertussis, or whooping cough. It's commonly given in the different combination with the two other vaccines: diphtheria & tetanus. Pertussis vaccines are recommended for people of all ages. 5 doses needed for a full protection, it's effective ~80-90% of the time. It doesn't provide lifelong protection, after 5 years protection declines ...Read more


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Do I have to see a specialist to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine ordered?

Do I have to see a specialist to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine ordered?

Easily Obtained: Your pediatric office has this vaccine for all children. Some offices will offer the tdap (adult version) to parents. Local health departments stock this. Remember, as an adult, if you need a "tetanus" shot, always ask for the "full version" which would include diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough) too. This will aid in protecting or cocooning younger children and babies from these diseases. ...Read more

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Where do I go to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine done?

Where do I go to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine done?

Other options: Some doctor's offices do not keep in stock all the different kinds of vaccines. Check before making an appointment. Most local health departments have the correct vaccines for different ages.
I do not recommend retail walk in clinics, since they do not have you or your child's complete immunization record. Think of your doctors office as your "medical home". ...Read more

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What’s the difference between all the vaccines containing diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine?

What’s the difference between all the vaccines containing diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and pertussis vaccine?

Ingredients: The acellular pertussis vaccines is now recommended to be given at least once to all adults. There is no recommendation for more than 1 adult booster, but I would not be surprised to see it given for every booster (7-10 yrs) in the future. The other differences are related to the specific type of antigens and quatity in each vaccine. Antigens are the material that triggers your immunity. ...Read more

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What is a pertussis vaccine without a tetanus vaccine with it?

What is a pertussis vaccine without a tetanus vaccine with it?

Confusing question: There is no pertussis vaccine available in the us as a single antigen vaccine. A significant amount of research has gone into combining the vaccines into combinations that are both safe and effective. Pertussis has been combined with the tetanus, diphtheria for years and others recently. ...Read more

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What can be done about a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

What can be done about a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Depends on type: The answer to this question truly depends on what type of rash you have and where it is located. If you have had an urticarial (hive-like) reaction to the vaccine, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) would be helpful to clear the rash. If it is contact type of rash located close to the injection site, Benadryl (diphenhydramine) may also be helpful, as well as cool compresses and a topical hydrocortisone. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

How can I get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

R ash after DPT: You don't describe the rash. It is most unusual to get a rash with a DPT shot. It is possible you have an inter current viral illness which lasts for a week to ten days. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how to get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Can you tell me how to get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Rash: A rash caused by a DPT shot is usually transient and of little consequence. If the rash is itchy application of 1/2 percent hydrocortisone available over the counter can help ...Read more

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Can you tell me how can I get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

Can you tell me how can I get rid of a rash from the diphtheria-pertussis-tetanus vaccine?

ALLERGIC reaction?: If there is an allergic reaction to the vaccine, the usual RX can be for allergy like Benadryl (diphenhydramine), steroid creams or oral. Make sure to report the reaction. ...Read more

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My ob said today I should not let any adult around my newborn who did not have pertussis vaccine. Agree? How long before baby protected? 2mos? 4?

My ob said today I should not let any adult around my newborn who did not have pertussis vaccine. Agree? How long before baby protected? 2mos? 4?

Clarification: Centers for disease control recommends that mothers recieve tdap between 26-37 weeks pregnancy and that all household contacts- parents, siblings, grandparents and babysitters are immunized. Your infant has maximum protection after their booster shot (4th shot in series). It is estimated that household members account for 80% of infant pertussis infections. Flu shots for family members also wise. ...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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Should I get the pertussis vaccine as an adult?

Should I get the pertussis vaccine as an adult?

Yes: Pertussis is the cause of whooping cough. There has been an increased incidence of whooping cough in the United States. All adults and teenagers should get a pertussis booster. It is very important if you are around infants. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pertussis vaccine?

What is the definition or description of: pertussis vaccine?

Pertussis vaccine: Is a vaccine preventing from a pertussis, or whooping cough. It's commonly given in the different combination with the two other vaccines: diphtheria & tetanus.
Pertussis vaccines are recommended for people of all ages. 5 doses needed for a full protection, it's effective ~80-90% of the time. It doesn't provide lifelong protection, after 5 years protection declines & booster is recommended. ...Read more

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Anyone know what is a social issue relating to the pertussis vaccine?

Anyone know what is a social issue relating to the pertussis vaccine?

Right to be stupid: Please forgive my frankness. This sounds like a homework paper. Pertussis is a very serious illness that can knock you out of school / work for weeks, or give you brain damage or kill a baby. Some very cynical people have spread untruths about the vaccine risk / benefit ratio. The "social issue" is the right to endanger other children by not having your child immunized. That's the bottom line. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have gotten sick from the whooping cough (pertussis) vaccine?

Unlikely: The adult tdap or used as a pertussis booster is one a vaccine with one of the lowest incidence of reactions. Most have pain at the injection site and muscle soreness lasting a few days. However, anyone can develop a personal allergic reaction to some component of any vaccine. Discuss this with your pcp. Some folks can't handle the tetanus toxoid that is part of the vaccine. ...Read more

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Can it be harmful be vaccinated twice for yhe tdap pertussis vaccine 17 year old healthy female?

Can it be harmful be vaccinated twice for yhe tdap pertussis vaccine 17 year old healthy female?

Should be fine: If a person gets 2 tdap vaccinations in the same year (because she did not have a record of the first shot), she most likely will just get better antibody levels (more protection). Maybe the second shot can lead to more temporary soreness at the shot site in the arm, but many people have little or no soreness at all after shots. ...Read more

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Can you tell me, if I am allergic to the pertussis vaccine is it safe to get a meningitis vaccine?

It may not affect at: All, many antibiotics are safe to take when preg so assuming you took a safe one then u should be fine, if u took ones that are not then your OB can discuss possible complications with you. ...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'm not sure, but should my arm hurt after diphtheria and tetanus vaccines?

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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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

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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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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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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 is the safest form of Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine to get? I had DTAP 10 years ago & am due for next

What is the safest form of Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine to get? I had DTAP 10 years ago & am due for next

Tdap: Is the recommended vaccine. Your vaccine schedule should be listed on the cdc. Gov web site for any further concerns. All the best. ...Read more

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Pimples only appeared on my body after getting the diphtheria, tetanus vaccine shot. Why?

Pimples only appeared on my body after getting the diphtheria, tetanus vaccine shot. Why?

No clear association: Unlikely that there is an association. Just because something happens after a vaccine does not mean the vaccine caused it. Likely just a timing coincidence. Acne is not just an adolescent phenomenon. It can occur at any time in someone's life. ...Read more

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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 got a tetanus, whooping cough, & diphtheria vaccine and now I am achy in my other muscles.?

I got a tetanus, whooping cough, & diphtheria vaccine and now I am achy in my other muscles.?

Probbably unrelated: Dtap vaccine should not cause any muscle tetany or myalgias unless there is overall inflammatory condition that is underlying. ...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