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What is Daptacel ?

MANUFACTURER OF DAPTACEL: Aventis Pasteur

USES: This medication is given to provide protection (immunity) against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis diseases in children from 6 weeks of age up to seven years of age.

HOW TO USE: This medication is given by injection into a muscle (IM) by a health care professional. Shake this medication well before using. It is usually given in the upper arm or in the upper thigh. The recommended vaccination schedule is a dose at 2 months, 4 months, 6 months and 15 or 20 months with a booster dose at prior to entering school at 4-6 years of age. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid.

SIDE EFFECTS: Most common is redness, warmth, swelling or pain at the injection site beginning within 3 days. For several weeks, it may be possible to feel a firm, hard spot at the injection site. Mild fever, irritability, vomiting, loss of appetite, sleepiness, weakness, runny nose, diarrhea may last 1-7 days. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if any of the following occur: high fever, persistent inconsolable crying (beginning within 48 hours of the shot and lasting longer than 3 hours), seizure, collapse. 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: Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: other illnesses or infections, bleeding disorders, seizure disorders, any allergies. This vaccine should not be administered to adults or to children 7 years of age or older. This age group should receive the tetanus/diphtheria vaccine without pertussis. This vaccination should not be used in persons who have had a previous reaction to pertussis vaccine or who have recovered from pertussis illness.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including: steroids (e.g., prednisone), cancer chemotherapy drugs, immunosuppressants, "blood thinners (e.g., warfarin). 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.

MISSED DOSE: It is important to receive each vaccination as scheduled. Be sure to make a note of when the vaccination was last given for your medical record.

STORAGE: Refrigerate this medication 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.

NOTES: There are various combinations of vaccines available. Based on previous reactions to vaccines, your health care professional will determine the most appropriate one for your child. Inform your doctor of any previous reactions to any vaccines. Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with your health care provider.

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.



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