Daptacel (Diptheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Absorbed

Diphtheria and Its Symptoms

Corybacterium diphtheriae

In the past, diphtheria was a major cause of childhood illness and death in the United States. Until the 1920s, approximately 150,000 people developed diphtheria each year in the United States; about 10 percent (15,000) of them died from the disease1.

Diphtheria is a disease caused by bacteria called Corynebacterium diphtheriae. These bacteria live in the throat and nose of an infected person, and are easily spread to others through coughing or sneezing. Some people with diphtheria might not even seem ill, but can still spread the disease to others1.

Get more information:


1. Parents Guide to Childhood Immunization, NIP Publications, http://www.cdc.gov/nip/publications/Parents-Guide/default.htm, Accessed May 2, 2002


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Safety Information

DAPTACEL® (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed) is a vaccine given to infants and children 6 weeks through 6 years (prior to 7th birthday) to prevent 3 serious diseases: diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough). As with any vaccine, vaccination with DAPTACEL vaccine may not protect 100% of individuals. There are risks associated with all vaccines. The most common side effects with DAPTACEL vaccine are redness, swelling, and soreness or tenderness where the injection was given; fever, fussiness, and crying more than usual. Other side effects may occur. DAPTACEL vaccine should not be given to children who, after a previous dose of the vaccine, have had a serious allergic reaction (anaphylactic reaction) or encephalopathy not attributable to another cause.

For more information about DAPTACEL vaccine, refer to the Patient Information on DAPTACEL.com and talk to your child's health-care provider.