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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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Dr. Zahid Niazi
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Dtap (Definition)

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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?

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 an adult dtap booster shot two years ago. Do i need another booster?

No: If you completed the dtap primary series in the past, an adult booster will be effective for 10 years . Those who work in occupations that bring you in contact with the soil & inflict cuts & abraisions on a regular basis, the tetanus may need renewal after 5 yrs. ...Read more

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My 4 yrold was given his DTAP shot a few wks ago & found out today dr accidentally gave adolescent dosage! But was told will cause no side effects?

My 4 yrold was given his DTAP shot a few wks ago & found out today dr accidentally gave adolescent dosage! But was told will cause no side effects?

It doesn't matter: No worries. The older kid's dose is for ages 10-11 years and above, and is called Tdap. The younger kid's dose is called DTaP. Notice that the "d" and the "p" in the older kid's vaccine is lower case, while those letters are capitalized (upper case) in the younger kid's vaccine. That is because the older kid's vaccine has a bit LESS stuff in it (the younger kid's vaccine is slightly "stronger"). ...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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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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Hi docs, can you tell me if tdap and dtap shots are the same thing?

Hi docs, can you tell me if tdap and dtap shots are the same thing?

DifferentFormulation: Dtap is the pediatric vaccine given to children from 2 months to 6 years of age Tdap is given from 11years on and adults Both are different formulation and protect you against Diptheria,Tetanus&Pertussis ...Read more

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