Type of medicine: vaccine
Generic and brand names: diphtheria/tetanus toxoids/acellular pertussis/inactivated polio/haemophilus type b vaccine (DTaP-IPV/Hib); Pentacel
This vaccine is given by injection (shots) to immunize children 6 weeks through 4 years of age against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), polio, and Haemophilus influenza type b infection.
It may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
Before receiving this medicine, tell the healthcare provider if the person getting the shot has ever had:
Tell your healthcare provider if the person getting the vaccine currently has a fever or infection. Also talk with the provider if the person has a weakened immune system from diseases such as HIV/AIDS or from cancer chemotherapy, radiation therapy, or steroid medicine.
Tell your provider if you received this vaccine before and it caused problems such as:
Females of childbearing age: This medicine is not usually given to pregnant women. Tell your healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Do not breast-feed while receiving this medicine without your healthcare provider's approval.
This vaccine is given by a healthcare provider. Several shots are usually given over a period of time. Get all the shots on schedule to provide complete protection. Keep a record of when each vaccine was last given. If a shot is missed, contact your healthcare provider right away and schedule another appointment for the shot.
It is very important to get all shots on schedule to provide protection from these serious diseases. Keep all appointments for injections and check-ups.
There may be temporary redness, tenderness, and swelling where the shot was given. Also, this medicine may cause a mild fever of 100 to 102°F within 72 hours after a vaccination. If the fever continues or gets worse, contact your healthcare provider. Acetaminophen (Tylenol) may help reduce the fever and discomfort caused by the vaccine.
If you need emergency care, surgery, or dental work, tell the healthcare provider or dentist you have received this medicine.
Along with its needed effects, your medicine may cause some unwanted side effects. Some side effects may be very serious. Some side effects may go away as the body adjusts to the medicine. Tell your healthcare provider if any side effects continue or get worse.
Life-threatening (Report these to your healthcare provider right away. If you cannot reach your healthcare provider right away, get emergency medical care or call 911 for help): Allergic reaction (hives; itching; rash; trouble breathing; tightness in your chest; swelling of the lips, tongue, and throat).
Serious (report these to your healthcare provider right away): High fever (over 105°); seizures; collapse; fainting; loss of alertness; crying or screaming for more than 3 hours (in children).
Other: Drowsiness; irritability; restlessness; decreased appetite; mild fever (100-102°); nausea; vomiting; diarrhea; swollen glands; temporary redness, tenderness, and swelling where the shot was given; headache; body aches; sore joints; tiredness.
When you take this medicine with other medicines, it can change the way this or any of the other medicines work. Nonprescription medicines, vitamins, natural remedies, and certain foods may also interact. Using these products together might cause harmful side effects. Talk to your healthcare provider if you are taking:
Keep a record of all vaccines received and when you received them.
If you are not sure if your medicines might interact, ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider. Keep a list of all your medicines with you. List all the prescription medicines, nonprescription medicines, supplements, natural remedies, and vitamins that you take. Be sure that you tell all healthcare providers who treat you or your child about all products taken.
This advisory includes selected information only and may not include all side effects of this medicine or interactions with other medicines. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information or if you have any questions.
Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
Do not share medicines with other people.