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How many doses of the DTaP vaccine does a child need?

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Your child will get a series of shots at these ages:

After the third dose -- given at 6 months -- your child will be 80% to 85% immune to whooping cough for 3 to 5 years.

  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 15 to 18 months
  • 4 to 6 years

From: Whooping Cough Vaccine: FAQ WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations." 

CDC: "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 10, 2018

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations." 

CDC: "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 10, 2018

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