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Diptheria and Tetanus

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Diphtheria and Tetanus

Diphtheria and Tetanus
Toxoids Adsorbed USP
(For Pediatric Use)

Caution: Federal (USA) law prohibits dispensing without prescription.


Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids Adsorbed USP (For Pediatric Use) (DT), for intramuscular use, is a sterile suspension of alum-precipitated (aluminum potassium sulfate) toxoid in an isotonic sodium chloride solution. The vaccine, after shaking, is a turbid liquid, whitish-gray in color.

Corynebacterium diphtheriae cultures are grown in a modified Mueller and Miller medium.1 Clostridium tetani cultures are grown in a peptone-based medium containing bovine extract. The meat used in this medium is US sourced. Both toxins are detoxified with formaldehyde. The detoxified materials are then separately purified by serial ammonium sulfate fractionation and diafiltration. The 1 dose vial of vaccine is formulated without preservatives but contains a trace amount of thimerosal (a mercury [Hg] containing compound) from the manufacturing process (≤0.3 mg Hg/0.5 mL dose).The multidose (5 mL) vial of vaccine contains the preservative thimerosal (25 mg Hg/0.5 mL dose).

Each 0.5 mL dose is formulated to contain 6.7 Lf of diphtheria toxoid,5 Lf of tetanus toxoid, and not more than 0.17 mg of aluminum. The residual formaldehyde content, by assay, is less than 0.02%.Both toxoids induce at least 2 units of antitoxin per mL in the guinea pig potency test.


1. Mueller JH, et al. Production of diphtheria toxin of high potency (100 Lf) on a reproducible medium. J Immunol 40:21-32,1941

What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (Diphtheria-Tetanus Toxoids, Pediatric (DT))?

Your child should not receive a booster vaccine if he or she had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.

Keep track of any and all side effects your child has after receiving this vaccine. When the child receives a booster dose, you will need to tell the doctor if the previous shots caused any side effects.

Becoming infected with diphtheria or tetanus is much more dangerous to your child's health than receiving this vaccine. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 6/8/2006
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