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What are some mild problems associated with DTaP and Tdap vaccines?

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There are some mild problems that commonly occur after getting the vaccine. They include:

These problems could occur within one to three days after the shot and generally pass quickly. If your child has ever had seizures from any cause, it's important to control fever. Using an aspirin-free pain reliever in the 24 hours after the shot is given can help control fever and relieve pain. Do not give aspirin to a child under the age of 18 for fever. Aspirin can cause a very serious life-threatening illness called Reye's syndrome, which can cause brain and liver damage.

Keeping immunizations up to date can protect not only you and your children from a serious illness but also your community.

  • Fever
  • Redness or swelling at the site of the shot
  • Soreness or tenderness at the site of the shot
  • Fussiness
  • Tiredness
  • Vomiting

From: DTaP and Tdap Vaccines WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES: , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

Pediatrics

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "A Look at Each Vaccine: Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccines."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Ask the Expert: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis."

CDC: "Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: Diphtheria Vaccination;" "Diphtheria Tetanus & Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know;" "How Vaccines Prevent Disease;""Common Questions Parents Ask about Infant Immunization;" and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

SOURCES: , published online Feb. 1, 2011.

Pediatrics

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia: "A Look at Each Vaccine: Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccines."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Ask the Expert: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis."

CDC: "Vaccines and Preventable Diseases: Diphtheria Vaccination;" "Diphtheria Tetanus & Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know;" "How Vaccines Prevent Disease;""Common Questions Parents Ask about Infant Immunization;" and Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on April 18, 2019

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