How the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccine is given
The combination vaccine is given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age, or the top of the arm from 12 months of age.
Possible side effects of the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccine
Like any medications, the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccines can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
mild fever of 37 to 38 degrees Celsius
babies receiving the vaccine may become grizzly and unsettled
Booster doses of a diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccine can result in extensive limb swelling which involves the area around the injection site becoming red and/or swollen and extending to the shoulder and/or elbow. This resolves completely within a few days and generally requires no treatment.
Although very rare, other side effects may include:
a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine
seizure in young children due to high fever
babies may experience a limp and unresponsive episode (hypotonic-hypo responsive episode) which can occur one to 48 hours after vaccination.
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