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Generic Name: diphtheria/pertussis,acel/tetanus/polio

It is used to help prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio infections.
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What is this medicine?

DIPHTHERIA TOXOID, TETANUS TOXOID, ACELLULAR PERTUSSIS VACCINE, DTaP; INACTIVATED POLIOVIRUS VACCINE, IPV (dif THEER ee uh TOK soid, TET n us TOK soid, ey SEL yuh ler per TUS iss vak SEEN, DTaP; in ak tuh vey ted poh lee oh vahy ruhs vak SEEN, IPV ) is used to help prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio infections.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • blood disorders like hemophilia
  • fever or infection
  • immune system problems
  • neurologic disease
  • seizures
  • take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to Diphtheria Toxoid, Tetanus Toxoid, Acellular Pertussis Vaccine, DTaP; Inactivated Poliovirus Vaccine, IPV, other medicines, neomycin, latex, polymyxin b, polysorbate 80, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 4 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

It is important not to miss your dose. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • medicines that suppress your immune function like adalimumab, anakinra, infliximab
  • medicines to treat cancer
  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Contact your doctor or health care professional and get emergency medical care if any serious side effects occur.

This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • fever over 103 degrees F
  • inconsolable crying for 3 hours or more
  • seizures
  • unusually weak or tired

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • bruising, pain, swelling at site where injected
  • fussy
  • loss of appetite
  • low-grade fever
  • sleepy
  • vomiting

Where should I keep my medicine?

This vaccine is only given in a clinic, pharmacy, doctor's office, or other health care setting and will not be stored at home.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.


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