The DTap and Tdap Vaccine: Health 101

Who shouldn't get the DTaP vaccine?

While the DTaP vaccine is one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommended childhood vaccinations, children who fall into the following categories should not receive it:

  • Kids who are moderately or severely ill (more than just a cold, for example) should wait to get vaccinated.
  • Kids who've had a serious allergic reaction (like a seizure, rectal temperature over 105 F. or nonstop crying for three or more hours) to a previous DTaP shot.
  • Children older than 7 (this group should get the Tdap vaccine).

Talk to your doctor if you're concerned about whether or not the DTaP vaccine is safe for your child. If your child is allergic to the pertussis part, for example, another vaccine called DT is often used as a substitute.

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