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Doctor insights on: Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis Tdap Vaccine

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Diphtheria (Definition)

Diphtheria is 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 part of the throat. This is a preventable disease by vaccination. It is ...Read more


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How successful is the tdap vaccine for preventing diphtheria?

How successful is the tdap vaccine for preventing diphtheria?

Very successful: This is a vaccine that most people should get at 11-12 years old and than every 10 years. It also prevents whooping cough. ...Read more

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If my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

If my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

You mean DTaP Vaccin: Infants are given Pediatric vaccines called dtap 5 doses up to the age of 6 to protect against Diptheria,Tetanus and Pertusses(Whooping Cough) Tdap is given to older children starting at 11 and adults for the same three diseases ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

What do you suggest if my infant had his tdap vaccine, can he still get pertussis?

No But you mean dtap: The childhood vaccine is dtap and tdap is the adult vaccine and given to children over the age of 11 and adults If he/she had full full five doses of dtap he will not get Pertussis ...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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Can you tell me if i've had the dtap vaccine, do I need the tdap vaccine?

Can you tell me if i've had the dtap vaccine, do I need the tdap vaccine?

You received DTap?: DTap is given up to those under age 7 years and first licensed for use in July 1996 ( you would have been too old I think) Tdap is used at age 11 years & above. Both vaccines contain inactivated forms of Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Tdap has smaller dose of the diphtheria & pertussis portion of the vaccine. Booster every 10 years important to maintain immunity. ...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?

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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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


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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more