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Kinrix Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is diphtheria, pertussis acellular, tetanus, and polio vaccine (Kinrix)?
- What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (Kinrix)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine (Kinrix)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Kinrix)?
- How is this vaccine given (Kinrix)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Kinrix)?
- What happens if I overdose (Kinrix)?
- What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine (Kinrix)?
- What other drugs will affect diphtheria, pertussis acellular, tetanus, and polio vaccine (Kinrix)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Kinrix)?
Your child should not receive this vaccine if he or she had a life-threatening allergic reaction to a vaccine containing diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, or polio.
Your child should not receive this vaccine if the child has had a decreased level of consciousness within the past 7 days, or if the child has a neurologic disorder or disease affecting the brain.
Your child may not be able to receive this vaccine if he or she has ever received a similar vaccine that caused any of the following within 48 hours:
- a very high fever (over 104 degrees);
- excessive crying for 3 hours or longer;
- fainting or going into shock;
- seizure (convulsions); or
- Guillain-Barré syndrome (within 6 weeks after receiving a vaccine containing tetanus).
Before receiving this vaccine, tell the doctor if your child has:
- a history of seizures;
- an allergy to latex rubber;
- if the child is using steroid medication or receiving cancer chemotherapy or radiation treatment; or
- a weak immune system caused by disease, bone marrow transplant, or by using certain medicines or receiving cancer treatments.
Your child can still receive a vaccine if he or she has a cold or fever. In the case of a more severe illness with a fever or any type of infection, wait until the child gets better before receiving this vaccine.
How is this vaccine given (Kinrix)?
This vaccine is given as an injection into a muscle. Your child will receive this injection in a doctor's office or other clinic setting.
The diphtheria, pertussis acellular, tetanus, and polio vaccine is given as the 5th dose in a series of DTaP immunizations and the 4th dose in a series of IPV immunizations. The shot is usually given to a child who is at least 4 years old or has not yet reached his or her 7th birthday. Your child's individual dose schedule may be different from these guidelines. Follow your doctor's instructions or the schedule recommended by the health department of the state you live in.
Your doctor may recommend treating fever and pain with an aspirin-free pain reliever such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil, and others) when the shot is given and for the next 24 hours. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much of this medicine to give your child.
It is especially important to prevent fever from occurring in a child who has a seizure disorder such as epilepsy.
Additional Kinrix Information
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