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DTP (Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis)

DPT shot is given to immunize your child against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). Your child may have mild to moderate reactions, but these do not pose a serious problem.

What is the DTP vaccine

This shot is given to immunize your child against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (whooping cough). 

Will my child have any reactions to this vaccine

Your child may have mild to moderate reactions to the whooping cough vaccine, but these do not pose a serious problem. The most common reactions are: pain at the injection site, mild fever, irritability, swelling and redness at the site, drowsiness, loss of appetite and vomiting. Just to be on the safe side though, get your doctor to give your baby a thorough checkup to ensure that she is not developing an illness. Closely observe your baby for 72 hours after she has been vaccinated, and report any severe reactions to the doctor immediately. Tell your doctor about any previous reactions to the vaccine when the next DTP is scheduled.

When should I call my doctor

You need to call the doctor if your baby has been crying in a high pitch continuously for more than three hours. Your baby may also be difficult to wake up and be unusually limp and pale. She may have convulsions and her rectal temperature could be higher than 104.9 degrees fahrenheit. Convulsions or changes in the level of consciousness are symptomatic of brain inflammation. These may not develop until after a week of the immunization.

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Hemant Kalra.5 years ago
DPT is a very important vaccine. It protects the baby against three diseases so it should be given at the required age.
Erwin Alber.5 years ago
"Your child may have mild to moderate reactions, but these do not pose a serious problem."

Unless of course if your child suffers severe brain damage or death. Germany suspended whooping cough vaccination for 16 years because of the many reports of serious brain damage caused by this vaccine. In the USA, vaccine manufacturers were deluged with a flood of DPT vaccine injury claims to the point where they asked the government to step in to shift financial liability from them to the US taxpayers. This resulted in the establishment of the US Vaccine Injury Compensation Act under which over US$2 billion have been paid out in compensation to parents of severely vaccine-injured children since 1989.

I find it appalling that the medical profession and the medical authorities keep misinforming parents about this important issue. The again, I guess it's understandable because if parents found out that vaccination is just a money-making racket they would lose an important source of income.
Neha.7 years ago
dtp tetanus is really important.
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