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IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

DIPHTHERIA/TETANUS/PERTUSSIS/POLIO/HAEMOPHILUS VACCINE - INJECTION

(dip-THEER-ee-uh/TET-un-us/per-TUSS-iss/ POE-lee-oh/hee-MAW-fih-liss)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Pentacel

USES: This medication is a combination of vaccines against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenzae B infection. Vaccination is the best way to protect against these life-threatening infections. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies).

This combination of vaccines is usually used in infants and children who are between 6 weeks and 4 years old.

HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.

This medication is injected into a muscle by a health care professional. It is usually given in the thigh or upper arm.

Vaccines are usually given in a series of doses to provide the best protection. Closely follow the vaccination schedule provided by the doctor. Keep all scheduled medical appointments. It may be helpful to mark a calendar as a reminder. There are various combinations of vaccines available. Based on your child's age, vaccination history, and previous reaction to vaccines, the health care professional will decide which vaccines are best for your child. Discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination with the health care professional.

This combination of vaccines may be given at the same time as other childhood vaccines (such as hepatitis, measles/mumps/rubella) using a separate needle and injection site.

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