Daptacel (Diptheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Absorbed
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Vaccinate Against Pertussis, Diphtheria, and Tetanus


DAPTACEL vaccine, a DTaP vaccine, can assist in the prevention of pertussis (commonly known as whooping cough), diphtheria, and tetanus. Vaccination has virtually eliminated many serious childhood diseases in the United States. However, pertussis (per-tuss-is) — a vaccine-preventable disease — continues to be a serious threat to infants and young children.

The number of reported cases of pertussis has been steadily increasing since the early 1980s. In fact, during 2004, nearly 19,000 cases of pertussis were reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). This is the highest number of pertussis cases reported in a single year since 1964.


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Safety Information

DAPTACEL® (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed) is a vaccine given to infants and children 6 weeks through 6 years (prior to 7th birthday) to prevent 3 serious diseases: diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough). As with any vaccine, vaccination with DAPTACEL vaccine may not protect 100% of individuals. There are risks associated with all vaccines. The most common side effects with DAPTACEL vaccine are redness, swelling, and soreness or tenderness where the injection was given; fever, fussiness, and crying more than usual. Other side effects may occur. DAPTACEL vaccine should not be given to children who, after a previous dose of the vaccine, have had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction) or encephalopathy not attributable to another cause.

For more information about DAPTACEL vaccine, refer to the Patient Information on DAPTACEL.com and talk to your child's health-care provider.