Some general considerations for those using this drug include the following:
- This vaccine is given as an injection into the deltoid muscle of the upper arm, where most immunizations are given. Most people need just one dose of Boostrix, except pregnant women, who need a dose during each pregnancy.
- In general, the vaccine should only be given if at least five years have passed since the last DTaP or Td vaccine has been given. In some cases, the vaccine can be given sooner.
- The healthcare provider should shake the vial well before using Boostrix.
- Multiple doses of this vaccine are not typically recommended. After an individual receives the Boostrix vaccine, all future boosters should be given as the Td (tetanus and diphtheria) vaccine.
There is only one standard recommended dosage for this vaccine. However, because several similar vaccines are given during childhood and adolescence, it can be confusing to know when exactly Boostrix should be given.
(Click Boostrix Dosage for more information.)
As with any vaccine, Boostrix may cause side effects. However, not everyone who receives the vaccine will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are easily treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Some of the most common reactions include but are not limited to:
(Click Boostrix Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)