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What should I know about the DTaP-IPV vaccine?

Before you immunize your child with the DTaP-IPV vaccine, you need to be aware of side effects, drug interactions, possible complications and when to contact your doctor for help. This vaccine is not approved for older individuals, only for children  four to six years of age. This combination is used as the fifth (last) dose of the DTaP series and the fourth (last) dose of the IPV series.

It is important to tell your doctor if your child has any other medical conditions, especially if they suffer from any of the following:

  • high fever
  • brain disease or neurologic disorders, including seizures
  • Guillain-Barre syndrome
  • immunodeficiency or weakened immune system
  • allergies to any of the vaccine's ingredients, including neomycin, polymyxin B and latex
  • serious reactions to vaccine with pertussis
  • viral infections
  • any other moderate to severe illness

Notify your doctor if your child has any side effects from the vaccine. It is always important to let your doctor know what other medications your child is taking, including over-the-counter remedies and supplements, before receiving a vaccine.

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