By Belle Tan and Martha Vertti
- The most common vaccine, however, is DTaP.
Age Given/ Circumstances Given
The ACIP recommends that 5 doses of a combination of diphtheria and tetanus toxins, in addition to acellular pertussis (in other words, five doses of the DTaP vaccine), for infants and children. The DTaP vaccine has a recommended dosage schedule, which is listed below:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 15-18 months
- 4-6 years of age
Thankfully, this vaccination can be safely administered in combination with another vaccine, such as a flu shot.
Symptoms of Disease
Does diphtheria cause death?
Possible Side Effects of Vaccination:
- Fever (25% chance)
- Redness/Swelling at administration site (25% chance)
- Soreness/Tenderness at administration site (25% chance)
- Fatigue/Poor Appetite (10% chance)
- Vomiting (2% chance)
All of these side-effects are relatively normal and quickly go away. They arise 1-7 days after the shot was given to the patient. In EXTREMELY rare cases, the vaccine may cause seizures, a high fever of over 104º, comas, lowered-consciousness, and permanent brain damage. However, the Center for Disease control stresses that these extreme side effects are not proven to be caused solely as a result of the vaccine. The number of reported extreme side effects is very small.