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Diphth,pertuss(acell),tet vac intramusc.
DIPHTHERIA/TETANUS/PERTUSSIS VACCINE - INJECTION

Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.

DIPHTHERIA/TETANUS/PERTUSSIS VACCINE - INJECTION

(dip-THEER-ee-uh/TET-un-us/per-TUSS-iss vack-SEEN)

Uses

This medication is given to provide protection (immunity) against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough) disease in children and adults aged 11 to 54 years.

How To Use

Shake the medication well before using. This medication is given by injection into a muscle (IM) by a health care professional. It is usually given in the upper arm. This vaccine should not be injected directly into a vein (IV). Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. If you are also receiving Hepatitis B vaccine at the same time, then this vaccine should be injected at a different location with a separate syringe.

Side Effects

Pain, swelling, or redness at the injection site may occur. Headache, fatigue, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, vomiting, or sore/swollen joints may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. An allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have: illness or infection with fever. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: bleeding disorders, seizure disorder, immune system disorders (e.g., autoimmune disorders, HIV infection, receiving cancer chemotherapy), history of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, previous reactions to any vaccines, any allergies. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription products you may use, especially of: corticosteroids (e.g., prednisone), cancer chemotherapy drugs, drugs that suppress the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine, tacrolimus), "blood thinners" (e.g., warfarin), other vaccines (e.g., tetanus/diphtheria toxoids). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others. There are various combinations of vaccines available. Based on your previous reaction to vaccines, your health care professional will determine the most appropriate one for you. Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your health care provider. History of infection with tetanus or diphtheria does not always protect against future infections with these bacteria. You should still receive this vaccine if your doctor orders it for you.

Missed Dose

It is important to receive each vaccination as scheduled. For your medical record, be sure to make a note of when the vaccination was last given.

Storage

Refrigerate between 36 and 46 degrees F (2-8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Discard the product if it has been frozen. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.