diphtheria/tetanus/acellular pertussis (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 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.

SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, vomiting, pain/swelling/redness at the injection site, or sore/swollen joints may occur. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used to reduce soreness. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: difficulty breathing, high fever (higher than 104 degrees F/40 degrees C), numbness/tingling, muscle weakness, inability to move (paralysis).A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention 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 your 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.

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