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Can you get dtap 1 month apart?

Can you get dtap 1 month apart?

Not recommended: 42 days is the recommended minimum interval for the first three in the series. ...Read more

Dr. Neigatha Graney
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Dtap (Definition)

DTaP is an immunization which is a kind of ...Read more


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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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Do you think I can use a double dose of dtap infantrix?

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

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Is it possible for you to use a double dose of dtap infantrix in adults?

No: The adult tdap is actually a lower dose of antigen than that the dtap used in babies and younger children. It is thought that the dose has to be lower for older children and adults to avoid high fevers and possible seizures. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a reaction to dtap?

What are the symptoms of a reaction to dtap?

See below:: Dtap may cause the following mild side effects, which usually last only a few days: •fever/fussinessrash •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

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Will it hurt if a teenager gets the dtap twice?

Will it hurt if a teenager gets the dtap twice?

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

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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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What is the definition or description of: Reaction to DTaP?

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

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How could you catch a disease that dtap is supposed to prevent?

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

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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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If a child received 5 DTap doses (instead of the recommended 4) before age 3, do they require a booster at age 4-6?

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

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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.

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

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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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How many dtap vaccinations does my baby need?

How many dtap vaccinations does my baby need?

5+: A typical child will receive the dtap vaccine at 2, 4 and 6 months and then again at 12-15 months and again at 4 years. The tetanus booster for a previously up to date child will occur at 10-11 years of age and every 10 years thereafter. ...Read more

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What is it like to get the dtap while pregnant?

Hurts a little: This is a newer use of a vaccine now formulated for adults. Most have little or no reaction to the injection beyond the initial discomfort. ...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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My son stepped on a rusty nail and he has had his dtap series done, will he be ok?

My son stepped on a rusty nail and he has had his dtap series done, will he be ok?

See a doctor: Puncture wounds can be tricky and since you know it was a rusty nail, it needs to be cleaned out well and possiblhy started on antibiotics. ...Read more

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How dangerous would it be if child accidentally given extra dose of dtap- 15 mo old?

How dangerous would it be if child accidentally given extra dose of dtap- 15 mo old?

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