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Pentacel Patient Information including How Should I Take
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- What is diphtheria, haemophilus influenzae, pertussis, tetanus, and polio vaccine (Pentacel)?
- What are the possible side effects of this vaccine (Pentacel)?
- What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine (Pentacel)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Pentacel)?
- How is this vaccine given (Pentacel)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Pentacel)?
- What happens if I overdose (Pentacel)?
- What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine (Pentacel)?
- What other drugs will affect diphtheria, haemophilus influenzae, pertussis, tetanus, and polio vaccine (Pentacel)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine (Pentacel)?
Your child should not receive this vaccine if he or she has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction to any vaccine containing diphtheria, haemophilus, 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 severe or uncontrolled epilepsy or other seizure disorder.
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;
- a neurologic disorder or disease affecting the brain (or if this was a reaction to a previous vaccine);
- 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 (Pentacel)?
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, haemophilus influenzae, pertussis, tetanus, and polio vaccine is given in a series of shots. The first shot is usually given when the child is 2 months old. The booster shots are then given at 4 months, 6 months, and 15 to 18 months of age. Your child's individual booster 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.
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