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), and polio.
The vaccine is most often given as an extra (booster) dose to children who are age 4 years and have already had their first 4 doses of a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio vaccine. Children get these first 4 doses in a vaccine that also protects against other diseases when they are babies. These 4 doses of the vaccine are called the primary series.
You may also get the dTap-IPV vaccine if you’re age 7 years and older and didn’t have the primary series of the vaccine as part of the routine schedule.
Most children need 1 booster dose of the dTap-IPV vaccine at age 4 years.
Anyone age 7 years and older who hasn’t had all the doses in the primary series will need extra doses of the dTap-IPV vaccine. The number of doses you need depends on your age. Ask your healthcare provider how many doses you need.
DTaP-IPV-Hib is a vaccine that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and
Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). Children born before March 1, 2018, who are under age 7 years get this vaccine as part of their primary series. Children also get this vaccine as a booster dose when they’re 18 months old.
DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB is a vaccine that babies get if they’re born on or after March 1, 2018. It protects against all of the same diseases as DTaP-IPV-Hib but also includes hepatitis B.
After the primary series of tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis, and polio vaccine and a booster dose of the dTap-IPV vaccine, protection is:
It’s important to get booster doses because protection may weaken over time.
You can get the vaccine at a public health office in your area.
There can be side effects from the dTap-IPV 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 be get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect after a vaccine. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to get this vaccine if you:
You can still get the vaccine if you have a mild illness, such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you have had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
Check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
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
paralysis (not being able to move a part of your body).
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 still spread the disease.
Current as of: September 1, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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