Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
This vaccine gets its name from the diseases it protects against: diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), and hepatitis B.
Children born on or after March 1, 2018 get this vaccine starting at age 2 months.
Your child needs 3 doses of this vaccine, even if they already had a dose of the hepatitis B vaccine at birth.
The 3 doses of the DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB vaccine are usually given at ages 2, 4, and 6 months. After these 3 doses, immunization for hepatitis B is finished.
When your child is older, they’ll get booster doses with other vaccines that protect against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio and Hib.
DTaP-IPV-Hib protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). This vaccine is given to children born before March 1, 2018, who are under age 7 years as part of their primary series. Children also get this vaccine as a booster dose when they are 18 months old.
Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine protects against hepatitis B.
After 3 doses of DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB vaccine, protection for hepatitis B is 95% to 100%. After a booster dose, the protection is:
If you’re infected with the hepatitis B virus when your child is born, they’ll have 85% to 95% protection from the virus after they get all of the recommended doses of the DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB vaccine.
Your child can get the vaccine at a public health office in your area.
There can be side effects from the DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
Your child may not be able to have the vaccine if they:
If your child has a weak immune system or other health problems, they may need a separate, higher dose of hepatitis B vaccine.
Check with your child’s doctor or a public health nurse before they get the vaccine.
Your child can still have the vaccine if they have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if your child has allergies or if they had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is diphtheria? Diphtheria is a nose and throat infection caused by bacteria. It’s spread by coughing, sneezing, or close contact with an infected person. It can cause trouble breathing or swallowing, heart failure, and
One out of 10 people who get diphtheria will die.
What is tetanus? Tetanus is a bacterial infection that causes uncontrolled movements (spasms) in the muscles of the jaw and other muscles of the body. Tetanus bacteria are common in dirt, manure (animal stool), and human stool. They can get into the body through a cut on the skin or an animal bite.
Tetanus can cause:
Getting tetanus is rare because there has been a vaccine since the 1940s. Most people have been immunized against it.
Go to the
tetanus page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
What is pertussis? Pertussis is an infection of the airways caused by bacteria. It’s spread by coughing, sneezing, or contact with an infected person. Pertussis can cause:
In rare cases, pertussis can lead to seizures, brain injury, and death.
Go to the
pertussis page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
What is polio? Polio is an infection of the
nervous system (brain, spinal cord, and nerves) caused by a virus. Most people don’t have symptoms but can spread the disease.
Haemophilus influenzae type b?Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) is a bacteria that can cause a serious infection of the fluid and lining that cover the brain and spinal cord (called meningitis), blood, and other parts of the body.
Hib is spread by coughing or sneezing. It can lead to lifelong disabilities and death.
What is hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is an infection in the liver that’s caused by a virus. Symptoms include poor appetite, stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, and yellow skin and eyes (jaundice). Some people don’t have any symptoms.
One out of 10 adults who are infected with hepatitis B have an infection that doesn’t go away (called a chronic infection).
Hepatitis B spreads through:
Current as of: August 10, 2020
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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