Diphtheria/Tetanus Toxoids; Pertussis; Haemophilus influenzae Vaccine
What is this medicine?
DIPHTHERIA and TETANUS TOXOIDS; PERTUSSIS VACCINE; HAEMOPHILUS INFLUENZAE TYPE B CONJUGATE VACCINE (dif THEER ee uh and TET n us TOK soids; per TUS iss vak SEEN; hem OFF fil us in floo En zuh tahyp B CON ju gate ed vak SEEN) is used to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and Haemophilus type b infections.
How should I use this medicine?
This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional.
A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 15 months old for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fever of 103 degrees F or more
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
swelling of arm or leg that was injected
unusually weak or tired
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
fever of 102 degrees F or less
loss of appetite
pain, redness, swelling, or a 'knot' at site where injected
What may interact with this medicine?
medicines that suppress your immune system like adalimumab, anakinra, and infliximab
medicines to treat cancer
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin, enoxaparin, and dalteparin
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What if I miss a dose?
Keep appointments for follow-up vaccines as directed. Call your doctor or health care professional if you are unable to keep an appointment.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
blood disorders like hemophilia
fever or infection
history of Guillain-Barre syndrome
immune system problems
take medicines that treat or prevent blood clots
an unusual or allergic reaction to vaccines, thimerosal, latex, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Visit your doctor for regular check-ups as directed. This vaccine, like all vaccines, may not fully protect everyone. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious or unusual side effects after getting this vaccine.
September 30, 2017