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DPT Immunization

Alternate Names : Diphtheria, Tetanus Toxoid, and Pertussis Vaccine, DPT Vaccine, DTP Vaccine

DPT Immunization | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens later at home?

The DPT vaccine may cause mild side effects. These include a slight fever, mild crankiness, and tenderness, swelling, and redness at the site of the shot. Acetaminophen can reduce fever and soreness, and can be given before the shot. A warm cloth over the shot site will help reduce soreness.

What are the potential complications after the procedure?

As with any medicine or vaccine, there is a slight chance of serious complications. Death has occurred in very rare cases. DPT causes complications in about 1 out of 1,750 immunizations. These include seizures and fever above 105 degrees Fahrenheit. Difficulty breathing or other signs of allergy may also occur.

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DPT Immunization: Preparation & Expectations


Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
Reviewer: Kathleen A. MacNaughton, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 12/16/02

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