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Dtap, Tdap, And Td Vaccines In Children

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

DTaP and Tdap are shots given to protect your child from diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Td is the shot given to protect your child from tetanus and diphtheria.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call 911 if:

  • Your child has signs of a severe allergic reaction, such as trouble breathing, hives, or wheezing.
  • Your child begins to have seizures (staring or jerking).

Seek care immediately if:

  • Your child has a fever of 105º F (40.5º C).
  • Your child will not stop crying for 3 or more hours after getting the shot.
  • Your child's face is red or swollen.
  • Your child has hives that spread over his or her body.
  • Your child feels weak or dizzy.

Contact your child's healthcare provider if:

  • Your child has a headache, body aches, or joint pain.
  • Your child has nausea or diarrhea, or he or she is vomiting.
  • You have questions or concerns about the vaccine.

Medicine:

It is important to control your child's pain and fever. Your child's healthcare provider may recommend any of the following in the first 24 hours after the shot:

  • Acetaminophen decreases pain and fever. It is available without a doctor's order. Ask how much to give your child and how often to give it. Follow directions. Read the labels of all other medicines your child uses to see if they also contain acetaminophen, or ask your child's doctor or pharmacist. Acetaminophen can cause liver damage if not taken correctly.
  • NSAIDs , such as ibuprofen, help decrease swelling, pain, and fever. This medicine is available with or without a doctor's order. NSAIDs can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If your child takes blood thinner medicine, always ask if NSAIDs are safe for him. Always read the medicine label and follow directions. Do not give these medicines to children under 6 months of age without direction from your child's healthcare provider.

Apply a warm compress

to the injection area as directed to decrease pain and swelling.

Follow up with your child's healthcare provider as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your child's visits.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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