diphtheria and tetanus toxoids combined (adult) - injection
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 (diphtheria and tetanus). Diphtheria and tetanus used to be common diseases that caused serious, sometimes fatal problems (heart problems, nerve problems, muscle paralysis). Childhood vaccinations with booster vaccinations for adults have made these diseases rare and can prevent the problems from infection with the bacteria.The toxoids in this vaccine are poisons (toxins) produced by the bacteria, but they are inactivated so that they cannot cause disease. This vaccine causes the body to make immune defensive substances (antibodies) against the toxins so that you/your child will be protected from the effects if ever infected by the bacteria.This vaccine is recommended for all people 7 years and older, including those who are infected with HIV.Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids (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.
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