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How Many Dtaps Do You Need
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
Confusing question: TdaP is the formulation for adults. It consists of the same amount of Tetanus and Pertussis material as the infant vaccine. There is a reduced amount of Diphtheria material to match the needs of adults and reduce shot reactions. A double dose of childhood vaccine would provide no additional benefit but increase the chance of a shot reaction. ...Read more
Dtap may cause the following mild side effects, which usually last only a few days:
•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
No: This happens often enough when schools vaccinate and fail to pass along the information to the kids doc, or vise versa, that we have data to review. The kids have no negative response other than being disappointed about getting an extra shot. ...Read more
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
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
See below: With time, the immunity provided from the vaccine can decrease. Also the effectiveness of the dtap vaccine varies from 50 to 90 percent. ...Read more
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
No worries: A person should get higher antibody levels after the second shot than after the first shot. Depending on how many DTP shots she received in her lifetime, and on when the previous shots were given, she may or may not have needed the second recent shot (this question is unclear as to whether one or both of the recent shots were intentional). No worries. Two shots usually means better protection. ...Read more
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
If a child received 5 DTap doses (instead of the recommended 4) before age 3, do they require a booster at age 4-6?
Yes: You can consider the extra dose early just that, an extra dose. The development of immunity in the human system depends both on doses and the time interval for boosters. Depending on the age when given, some have a stronger response than others. Most infants have poor retained immunity for DTaP so it is given several times early on, with boosters beginning to spread out as they age. ...Read more
How much TETANUS immunity is a person who has received 1 DTaP conferred? Seems to me it would be 100% each time for the tetanus portion.
But it isn't: Some vaccines provide nearly complete lifelong protection with one immunization. Unfortunately some do not. They only provide partial protection and must be readministered at regular intervals to maintain protection. And the reasons are complicated why this is...there are textbooks written about the immunology of vaccines. It doesn't change that fact that sometimes, multiple doses are needed. ...Read more
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
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
My 2 1/2 yr old received dtap and another shot (he was already up to date on shots) is there any risk to him?
NO: No these are perfectly safe and recommended immunizations ...Read more
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
DTaP is Pediatric vaccine and given in 5 doses starting at 2 month age and last dose given 4to 6 years of age
TDap is given starting at age 11years on and adults
Both DTap and Tdap prevent all three diseases Diptheria/Tetanus and Pertusis ...Read more
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
What do you suggest if my son had convulsions and his fever reached 104 f. how common is this with the dtap shot?
First: Call your doctor. Severe reactions with vaccination are very rare and even less so with the newer vaccines. (1 in 1 million doses) but they do happen. But a thorough medical evaluation is required. It can be difficult to sort out a true vaccination reaction from another coincidental illness. Go to the Dr. ...Read more
My baby is 3 months can she get her 4month dtap early since I'm worried about pertussis or have 2 wait 4 more wks?
See belwo: The dtap cam be received no sooner than 6 weeks after the previous one. ...Read more