Daptacel Vaccine Information
Daptacel® (DTaP) is a routine childhood vaccine approved to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). It contains several components that work to "trick" the body into thinking it has been exposed to these different infections. The body produces antibodies that will help fight the infections if future exposure occurs.
Daptacel is given as a five-dose series. The first dose is typically given at two months of age, and the fifth dose is given between four and six years of age. The medication is injected into a muscle, usually in the thigh for infants. In older children, the upper arm can be used.
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