Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis vaccines

5. What can be done to reduce possible fever and pain after this vaccine?

Give your child an aspirin-free pain reliever for 24 hours after the shot.

This is important if your child has had a seizure or has a parent, brother, or sister who has had a seizure.

6. Some children should not get these vaccines or should wait

Tell your doctor or nurse if your child:

  • Ever had a moderate or serious reaction after getting vaccinated
  • Ever had a seizure
  • Has a parent, brother, or sister who has had a seizure U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & HUMAN SERVICES
  • Has a brain problem that is getting worse Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Now has a moderate or severe illness National Immunization Program

Your doctor or nurse has information on what to do in this case (for example, give one of these vaccines, wait, give medicine to prevent fever).

7. What if there is a moderate to severe reaction

What should I look for?

  • Any unusual conditions, such as those in item 3

What should I do?

  • Call a doctor or get the child to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor what happened, the date and time it happened, and when the vaccination was given.
  • Ask your doctor, nurse, or health department to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Report (VAERS) form, or call VAERS yourself at: l-800-822-7967
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