GENERIC NAME: DIPHTHERIA/TETANUS/ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS (ADULT) - INJECTION (dip-THEER-ee-uh/TET-un-us/per-TUSS-iss)
USES: This medication is given to maintain protection (immunity) against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough) in children and adults aged 11 to 64 years who have been vaccinated for these diseases in the past.Vaccination is the best way to protect against these life-threatening diseases. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies). Booster doses are needed to maintain immunity because antibody levels may become too low over time to provide the needed protection.
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 vaccination should be given at least 5 years since your last vaccination for diphtheria, tetanus, or pertussis. Tell your doctor about all the vaccinations you have received.Shake the medication well before using. This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the upper arm. Do not inject into a vein or into the skin.Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. Discard any unused vaccine remaining in the vial or syringe.If you are receiving other vaccines (e.g., hepatitis B) at the same time, they should be injected into a different site with a separate syringe.
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