You should not receive this vaccine if you have had an allergic reaction to the separate or combined tetanus, diphtheria, or pertussis vaccine. This vaccine should not be given if you have had seizures, mental changes, a coma, or any other serious reaction within 7 days after getting a pertussis-containing vaccine.
Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles.
A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
You may receive other vaccinations at the same time as this one, but in a different body area. You should receive other information sheets on those vaccinations. Make sure you understand all the information given to you.
You may also receive medicines to help prevent or treat some minor side effects of the vaccine.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Make sure your doctor knows if you have recently received immune globulin. Tell your doctor if you are receiving a treatment that may weaken the immune system. This may include a steroid drug (such as dexamethasone, prednisolone, prednisone, Medrol®), radiation, or chemotherapy.
Also tell your doctor if you are using a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®).
Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have been sick or had a fever recently.
Tell your doctor about any reaction you have had after receiving any type of vaccine. This includes fainting, seizure, fever over 105 degrees F, or severe redness or swelling where the shot was given. Tell your doctor if you have had Guillain-Barre syndrome (severe muscle weakness and loss of feeling).
Tell your doctor if you or anyone in your family has epilepsy or any other nervous system problem. Also tell your doctor if you have had a bleeding disorder (such as hemophilia) or blood-clotting problem.
Some packages that contain this medicine have latex in them. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to latex rubber.
This vaccine may not work as well if there is a problem with your immune system. Tell your doctor if you are receiving treatment that may weaken your immune system. Your doctor might still want to use this vaccine, because there may be some benefit.
Tell your health caregiver if it has been less than 5 years since your last diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine (DTaP). It is best to wait at least 5 years before getting this booster.