Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Systemic)
Brand Names : Acel-Imune, Certiva, Infanrix, Tripedia, acellular DTP, DTaP, DTP, DTwP, whole-cell DTP
Diphtheria and tetanus toxoids
and pertussis (dif-THEER-ee-a and TET-n-us
vaccine (also known as DTP)
is a combination immunizing agent given by injection to prevent diphtheria,
tetanus, and pertussis.
Diphtheria is a serious illness that can cause breathing difficulties,
heart problems, nerve damage, pneumonia, and possibly death. The risk of serious
complications and death is greater in very young children and in the elderly.
Tetanus (also known as lockjaw) is a serious illness that causes convulsions
(seizures) and severe muscle spasms that can be strong enough to cause bone
fractures of the spine. Tetanus causes death in 30 to 40 percent of cases.
Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) is a serious disease that causes
severe spells of coughing that can interfere with breathing. Pertussis also
can cause pneumonia, long-lasting bronchitis, seizures, brain damage, and
Immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis is recommended
for all infants and children from 2 months of age up to their 7th birthday.
Children 7 years of age and older and adults should receive immunizing agents
that contain only diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and not pertussis vaccine.
Adults should receive the diphtheria and tetanus injections every 10 years
for the rest of their lives.
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis are serious diseases that can cause
life-threatening illnesses. Although some serious side effects can occur after
a dose of DTP (usually from the pertussis vaccine in DTP), this rarely happens.
The chance of your child catching one of these diseases and being permanently
injured or dying as a result is much greater than the chance of your child
getting a serious side effect from the DTP vaccine.
DTP is available in the following dosage form:
Injection (U.S. and Canada)
Some commonly used brand names are:
In the U.S. -
In Canada -
Generic name product may be available in the U.S. and Canada.
Other commonly used names are acellular DTP
, and whole-cell DTP