How should my child take the pertussis vaccine?

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The pertussis vaccine is normally administered by injection with two other vaccines (diphtheria and tetanus). The inoculations start when your child is two months of age and then continue at four months, six months, 15 to18 months and lastly when your child is four to six years of age. The injections are intramuscular, generally administered in the upper leg.

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