Vaccine - DTaP-IPV - 4 to 6 Years

This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio.

This is a vaccine that decreases your child's risk of getting diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio.

Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis are bacterial illnesses that have potentially serious complications.

  • Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly contagious viral infection that can affect the central nervous system and cause paralysis (paralytic polio).
  • Due to the widespread use of vaccines, these illnesses are not as common as they use to be.

Diphtheria is characterized by:

  • Fever
  • Cough, sore throat and hoarseness
  • Swollen neck glands

Severe complications are due to the toxins made by the bacteria. They include throat swelling with difficulty swallowing and breathing, inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis), paralysis, kidney damage and death.

Tetanus (lockjaw) is characterized by painful muscle spasms that can spread throughout the body. (Muscle spasms in the jaw produce the classic "lockjaw".) The spasms can lead to muscle tears or broken bones. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Stiff neck
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast or irregular heart beat

Severe complications include difficulty swallowing and breathing, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, brain damage due to lack of oxygen during spasms and death.

Pertussis (whooping cough) is characterized by:

  • Cold symptoms
  • Slight fever
  • Mild cough that progresses to episodes of severe coughing that often end with a "whoop". The cough may be forceful enough to cause problems such a bruising, nosebleeds and broken ribs.Severe symptoms and complications are more common in infants younger than one and include pneumonia, dehydration, ear infections, seizures and death.

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a highly contagious viral infection that can affect the central nervous system. It can cause weakness or paralysis in the arms, legs and respiratory muscles (paralytic polio). Complications include:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Meningitis
  • Recurrent symptoms that can appear years later (post-polio syndrome)
  • Permanent physical disability due to paralysis
  • Death (about twenty percent)

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that children get their DTaP and polio vaccines at two months, four months, six months, and between fifteen and eighteen months. The fifth dose in the series should be given between four to six years of age.

  • This vaccine is for the fifth dose in the series. It should be given before your child enters school.
  • You may be required to show proof of vaccination before your child can attend school.

If your child has a moderate to severe illness, check with your healthcare provider before he or she receives the vaccine.

  • Your child should not receive the vaccine if he or she has an allergy to any of the components of the vaccine. However, due to the importance of the tetanus vaccine, your child should be referred to a doctor who specializes in allergic reactions for further evaluation.
  • Your child should not receive the vaccine if he or she had a brain or nervous system disorder within a week after a previous tetanus, diphtheria or pertussis vaccine.
  • Adults may also need to be immunized against these three diseases. However, that is done with a different vaccine than the one used for children.

You should contact your healthcare provider if your child is not up to date on the DTaP vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this combination vaccine for my child? Why or why not?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if my child does not get the vaccine?


Also known as:

Immunization Polio
Polio Immunization
Polio Shot
Polio Vaccine
Vaccine - Polio
Vaccine Polio
Diphtheria Immunization
Diphtheria Shot
Diphtheria Vaccine
DTaP Immunization
DTaP Shot
DTaP Vaccine
Immunization Diphtheria
Immunization DTaP
Immunization Pertussis
Immunization Tetanus
Pertussis Immunization
Pertussis Shot
Pertussis Vaccine
Tetanus Immunization
Tetanus Shot
Tetanus Vaccine
Vaccine - Diphtheria
Pertussis - DTaP
Vaccine Diptheria
Vaccine DTaP
Vaccine Pertussis
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