DTP (Diptheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) Vaccine Side Effects
Serious side effects of DTP or DTaP (Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccines) include an allergic reaction such as breathing difficulty & shock. Thankfully, these DTP vaccine side effect occurs in less than 1 out of a million doses. Other severe problems have been reported after DTaP vaccine and include seizures, coma, lowered consciousness, and/or permanent brain damage.
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A severe allergic reaction could occur after any vaccine. They are estimated to occur less than once in a million doses. A person who gets these diseases is much more likely to have severe complications than a person who gets Tdap vaccine.
What is Diphtheria? A serious bacterial infection, usually affecting the mucous membranes of your nose and throat. The disease typically causes a bad sore throat, fever, swollen glands and weakness. But the hallmark sign is a thick, gray covering in the back of your throat that can make breathing difficult. Diphtheria can also infect your skin.
How do you prevent Diptheria? The diphtheria vaccine is usually combined with vaccines for tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis). Tetanus is a bacterial infection that leads to stiffness of the jaw and other muscles. Whooping cough is a bacterial infection of the respiratory tract. The three-in-one vaccine is known as the diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, or DTP, vaccine. The latest version of this immunization is known as the DTaP vaccine.
What is Pertussis?
Whooping Cough causes severe coughing spells, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing, pneumonia, and hospitalization due to complications. In 2004 there were more than 25,000 cases of pertussis in the U.S. More than 8,000 of these cases were among adolescents and more than 7,000 were among adults. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults with pertussis are hospitalized or have complications.