Diphtheria Tetanus And Pertussis Vaccination
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
DTaP, Tdap, and Td are vaccines given as injections to protect you from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Infants and small children usually get the shots in their thigh. Older children and adults usually get the shots in their upper arm.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
Follow up with your healthcare provider as directed:
Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
Apply a warm compress to the injection area as directed to decrease pain and swelling.
Contact your healthcare provider if:
- You have a fever or chills.
- You have a headache, body aches, or joint pain.
- You have nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- You have increased pain, redness, or swelling around the area where the shot was given.
- You have questions or concerns about the vaccine.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- Your face is red or swollen.
- You have hives that spread over your body.
- You feel weak or dizzy.
- Your mouth and throat are swollen.
- You are wheezing or have trouble breathing.
- You have chest pain or your heart is beating faster than normal.
- You feel like you are going to faint.
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