GENERIC NAME: DIPHTHERIA AND TETANUS TOXOIDS COMBINED (ADULT) - INJECTION (dip-THEER-ee-uh AND TET-un-us TOX-oids)
USES: This medication is used to help prevent problems that may occur with 2 bacterial infections in children and adults (tetanus and diphtheria). Tetanus (lockjaw) and diphtheria can cause serious, sometimes fatal problems (heart problems, nerve problems, muscle paralysis).Vaccination is the best way to protect (provide immunity) against these life-threatening diseases. Vaccines work by getting the body to make its own protection (antibodies).This vaccine is recommended for all people 7 years and older. Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids combined (adult) injection should not be used in anyone younger than 7 years because they may not be fully protected by this vaccine. A vaccine for children younger than 7 years is available. Consult your child's doctor for more information.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.This vaccine is given by injection into the muscle of the upper arm by a health care professional.A series of 3 injections is given for first-time vaccination. The first injection is followed in 4 to 8 weeks with the second injection. The third dose is given 6 to 12 months after the second injection. A booster dose is recommended for children 11 to 12 years old if the last dose was at least 5 years ago.After all 3 injections are given, booster doses should be given every 10 years. Only diphtheria and tetanus toxoids vaccine (adult) should be used.
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