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Who should not get DTaP vaccine?

The DTaP vaccine is intended for children between the ages of six weeks and six years of age. Your child should most likely not receive the vaccine if they have allergies to any of the DTaP vaccine's ingredients, including polymyxin B, neomycin and yeast. There are certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders, central nervous system disorders, brain disease, Guillain-Barre syndrome and immunodeficiency disorders, that may put your child at a higher risk of adverse reactions to the DTaP vaccine. The medications used to treat some of these illnesses, such as corticosteroids, may decrease the effectiveness of the DTaP vaccine. It is important to discuss potential risks and benefits with your doctor. If your child is ill, you will have to wait for full recovery before administering the vaccine. The DTaP cannot treat infections that have already begun.

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