diphtheria and tetanus toxoids combined (pediatric) - 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 thigh or upper arm by a health care professional.For infants 6 weeks through 12 months, 3 injections are given 4 to 8 weeks apart. A fourth dose is given 6 to 12 months after the third injection.For children 1 to 6 years (up to the seventh birthday), 2 injections are given 4 to 8 weeks apart. A third dose is given 6 to 12 months after the second injection.A booster dose is required for all children between 4 to 6 years of age if all of the injections of the series were given before the age of 4 years.Booster doses should be given every 10 years for all children 7 years of age or older and adults. Only the vaccine for adults should be used in these cases.
SIDE EFFECTS: Pain/redness/warmth/bruising/swelling at the injection site, tiredness, fever, dizziness, nausea, and joint aches may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your child's doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that the doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to your child is greater than the risk of side effects. Many children 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 your child develops 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 your child having 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 your child's 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
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
Need help identifying pills and medications?
Back to Medications Index