Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine

Generic Name: tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (td) vaccine (TET-a-nus/dif-THEER-ee-a)
Brand Name: Decavac

Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine is used for:

Preventing tetanus and diphtheria infections.

Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against tetanus and diphtheria.

Do NOT use tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine if:

  • you allergic to any ingredient in tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine
  • you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, severe rash, hives, difficulty breathing, dizziness) to any previous dose of this or a similar vaccine

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine:

Some medical conditions may interact with tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if the patient has any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a fever, infection, or other recent illness; cancer; a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome or poor health; or a weakened immune system (eg, HIV infection, AIDS)
  • if you have a history of bleeding problems (eg, hemophilia), blood problems (eg, leukemia, lymphoma), or easy bruising or bleeding
  • if you are undergoing chemotherapy or radiation therapy
  • if you have recently received another vaccine

Tell your health care provider if the patient is taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding at the injection site may be increased
  • Corticosteroids (eg, prednisone), immunosuppressants (eg, cyclosporine), medicines to treat cancer, or other medicines that may weaken the immune system because they may decrease tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine's effectiveness

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine:

Use tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic.
  • If you miss a dose of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine, contact your doctor as soon as possible to reschedule your dose.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine.

Important safety information:

  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine may cause dizziness. This effect may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Tell your doctor if you will be receiving other vaccines.
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine may not protect everyone who receives it from tetanus or diphtheria. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine is not approved for CHILDREN younger than 7 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine while you are pregnant. It is not known if tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache; mild fever; minor pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site; tiredness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); blistering or sores at the injection site; fainting; muscle spasms; numbness or tingling of the arms or legs; seizure; severe or persistent dizziness, fever, or vomiting; severe or persistent joint pain; severe or persistent muscle weakness.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine:

Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine at home, store tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Protect from light. Keep tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td) vaccine.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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