diphtheria and tetanus toxoids vaccine (DT, pediatric) (cont.)
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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Diphtheria-Tetanus Toxoids, Pediatric (DT))?
Your child should not receive this vaccine if the child has:
Your child may not be able to receive this vaccine if he or she has ever received a similar vaccine that caused any of the following:
If your child has any of these other conditions, this vaccine may need to be postponed or not given at all:
Your child can still receive a vaccine if he or she has a minor cold. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until the child gets better before receiving this vaccine.
The pediatric version of this vaccine (DT) should not be given to anyone over the age of 6 years old. Another vaccine is available for use in older children and adults.
How is this vaccine given (Diphtheria-Tetanus Toxoids, Pediatric (DT))?
This vaccine is injected into a muscle. Your child will receive this injection in a doctor's office or clinic setting.
The diphtheria and tetanus toxoids vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot is usually given when the child is 2 months old. The booster shots are given at 4 months, 6 months, and 12 to 18 months of age. A fifth booster dose is then given between 4 and 6 years of age. Your child's booster schedule may be different from these guidelines. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by your local health department.
Your doctor may recommend treating fever and pain with an aspirin-free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, and others) when the shot is given and for the next 24 hours. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much of this medicine to give your child.
It is especially important to prevent fever from occurring in a child who has a seizure disorder such as epilepsy.
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