Vaccinate to Protect Your Baby
All infants, children, adolescents, and even adults need to ensure that they are vaccinated appropriately. Infants are most at risk for severe, life-threatening complication from whooping cough. Unlike adults, infants are suggested to have five doses of DTaP, a vaccine for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Babies should have the DTaP vaccine at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years.
Babies should not get the DTaP vaccine if they are moderately or severely ill or had a life-threatening allergic reaction to the initial DTaP vaccine. Talk to your doctor if your child had the following reactions after a dose of DTaP:
- Had a seizure or collapsed
- Cried nonstop for three hours
- Had a fever over 105 F