Daptacel (Diptheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Absorbed

Tetanus Symptoms & Lockjaw

Tetanus enters the body through many kinds of wounds—from a pinprick to a deep wound. It can take as little as 2 days or as long as 3 months for a Tetanus infection to set in. Once Tetanus is inside the bloodstream, the oxygen-free environment allows the bacteria to grow, resulting in severe muscle spasms1.

Tetanus symptoms include headache, sweating, fever, difficulty swallowing, and stiffness of the jaw (lockjaw) and abdominal muscles. Lockjaw is the most dangerous symptom because it can lead to death by suffocation1.

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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.