There is only one standard recommended dosage of Daptacel. The vaccine is typically given as a five-dose series, at the age of 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 to 20 months, and 4 to 6 years. Some flexibility is allowed with these dosing guidelines; for example, the first dose can be given to infants as young as six weeks old.
Daptacel Dosage: An Introduction
There is only one standard dosage for Daptacel® (DTaP), although there is some flexibility in the exact vaccination schedule.
Standard Daptacel Vaccine Schedule
The standard Daptacel dosage is five doses (each 0.5 mL injected into a muscle) at the following ages:
- 2 months
- 4 months
- 6 months
- 15 to 20 months
- 4 to 6 years.
Some variability is allowed with this particular vaccine. The first dosage can be given to infants as young as six weeks old. The last injection can be slightly delayed up until the child's seventh birthday, but a different vaccine (either the Tdap or the Td vaccine, depending on the age of the individual) is recommended after the age of seven.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also allows the fourth injection to be given as early as 12 months of age, as long as 6 months have passed since the third dosage.
General Information on Dosing With Daptacel
Some considerations for people taking Daptacel include the following:
- This vaccine is typically given as a five-dose series. The first dosage is usually given at two months of age, and the fifth dose is given between four and six years of age.
- For infants, this vaccine is injected into a muscle (intramuscularly), usually in the thigh. In older children, the upper arm can be used.
- Children can be vaccinated if they have a minor illness, such as the common cold. However, the vaccine should be postponed if the child is moderately or severely ill.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your child's dosage or Daptacel dosing in general, please talk with a doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.