Pentacel (PF) IM Warnings
Pentacel (PF) IM Uses
This medication is a combination of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae B infection. Vaccination is the best way to protect against these life-threatening infections. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies).
This combination of vaccines is usually used in infants and children who are between 6 weeks and 4 years old.How to use Pentacel (PF) IM
Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.
This medication is injected into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the thigh or upper arm.
Vaccines are usually given in a series of doses to provide the best protection. Closely follow the vaccination schedule provided by the doctor. Keep all scheduled medical appointments. It may be helpful to mark a calendar as a reminder. There are various combinations of vaccines available. Based on your child's age, vaccination history, and previous reaction to vaccines, the health care professional will decide which vaccines are best for your child. Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with the health care professional.
Pentacel (PF) IM Side Effects
Pain/swelling/redness at the injection site may occur. Mild fever, irritability/crying, sleepiness, vomiting, loss of appetite, and diarrhea may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell the doctor or pharmacist promptly. Consult the doctor or pharmacist about the temporary use of acetaminophen to treat pain and fever due to this vaccine.
Infrequently, temporary symptoms such as fainting/dizziness/lightheadedness, vision changes, numbness/tingling, or seizure-like movements have happened after vaccine injections. Tell your health care provider right away if you have any of these symptoms soon after receiving an injection. Sitting or lying down may relieve symptoms.
Remember that the doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to your child is greater than the risk of side effects. Many children using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but serious side effects occur: persistent crying (beginning within 48 hours of the injection and lasting longer than 3 hours), high fever (105 degrees F/40 degrees C or higher), little or no response to sound/touch, weak/floppy muscles, seizures.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact the doctor or pharmacist.
Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US, you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Pentacel (PF) IM Precautions
Before your child receives this vaccination, tell the doctor or pharmacist if your child is allergic to it; or to any other vaccine; or if your child has any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as latex), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before receiving this vaccination, tell the doctor or pharmacist your child's medical history, especially of: current fever/illness, bleeding/blood clotting problems (such as hemophilia, low platelets), immune system problems (such as HIV infection), cancer, brain/nervous system disorders (such as seizures), history of Guillain-Barre syndrome.
This vaccine is not usually used in adults. Therefore, it is unlikely to be used during pregnancy or by a mother while breast-feeding. Consult the doctor if you have any questions about using this vaccine.
Pentacel (PF) IM Interactions
The doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring your child for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your child's doctor or pharmacist first.
Before using this medication, tell the doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products your child may use, especially of: corticosteroids taken by mouth or given by injection (such as dexamethasone), drugs that weaken the immune system (such as azathioprine, cyclosporine, cancer chemotherapy).
This vaccination may interfere with certain laboratory tests (such as antigen tests). Make sure laboratory personnel and the doctor know your child has been recently vaccinated.
This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before your child gets this product, tell the doctor or pharmacist of all the products your child may use. Keep a list of all your child's medications with you, and share the list with the doctor and pharmacist.
Pentacel (PF) IM Overdose
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.NOTES:
Even if your child has already had diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, or Haemophilus influenzae B infection, he or she may not be protected from getting them again. Your child should still receive this vaccine if the doctor orders it.MISSED DOSE:
It is important that your child receives each vaccination as scheduled. Be sure to make a note of when your child received their last vaccination for their medical record.STORAGE:
Not applicable. This vaccine is given in a doctor's office and will not be stored at home.
Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.