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diphtheria and tetanus toxoids combined (adult) - injection (cont.)

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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Pain/redness/warmth/bruising/swelling at the injection site, tiredness, fever, or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell the doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that the doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you or your child is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. However, report all side effects to the doctor.Tell the doctor immediately if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: shoulder pain, muscle weakness/tingling.A severe reaction at the injection site may rarely occur. Tell the doctor if you or your child develop any of the following injection site reactions: severe pain, large area of swelling/redness/bruising, persistent lump.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact the doctor or pharmacist.Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US, you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014


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