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dTap-IPV vaccine

Learn about the dTap-IPV vaccine, effectiveness, side effects, and safety.

Who should get this vaccine

As part of the routine immunization schedule, children get this vaccine as an extra (booster) dose if they are age 4 years and have already had their first 4 doses of a diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and polio vaccine. Those first 4 doses are called a primary series. Babies get these doses using a vaccine that also protects against other diseases.

You may also get the dTap-IPV vaccine if you are age 7 years or older and did not complete your primary series.

Who should not get this vaccine

You may not be able to get this vaccine if:

  • You have an allergy to any part of the vaccine.
  • You had a severe (serious) or unusual side effect after this vaccine or one like it.

If you have allergies or have had a side effect from this vaccine, check with your doctor or a public health nurse before you get the vaccine.

Although you can get the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever, you should stay home until you are feeling better to prevent spreading your illness to others.


Most children need 1 booster dose of the dTap-IPV vaccine at age 4 years.

Anyone age 7 years and older who has not 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.

Other vaccines that protect against the same diseases

  • DTaP-IPV-Hib-HB protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) and hepatitis B. As part of the routine immunization schedule, babies get this vaccine starting at age 2 months.
  • DTaP-IPV-Hib protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). As part of the routine immunization schedule, this vaccine is given to children born before March 1, 2018, who are under age 7 years, as part of their primary series and to all children age 18 months as a booster dose.

Get the vaccine

You can get the vaccine at your local public health or community health centre.

Current as of: July 17, 2023
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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