What is the TDaP, DTaP, and Td vaccine?
The distinction between the TDaP and DTaP vaccines is when they are administered. DTaP is the early childhood dosage where as the TDaP is a booster dose.
The Tetanus (Tetanus toxoid) portion of the vaccine, also known as Lockjaw, protects against the strain of Tetanus bacteria that can cause muscle tightening stiffness throughout the body. Those symptoms are most common in the head and neck area. The Diphtheria (Diphtheria toxoid) portion of the vaccine offers protection against the rare, but deadly Diphtheria bacteria that is capable of causing a build-up of thick bacterial coating in the back of the throat. Because of this, Diphtheria can often lead to respiratory and breathing issues, heart failure, and paralysis.
The Pertussis vaccine (Acellular pertussis vaccine) portion protects against Whooping Cough, a common sickness that induces vomiting, trouble breathing, coughing spells, along with complications such as pneumonia and even death.
The Tdap vaccine is a booster shot that helps protect adolescents and adults from three potentially deadly diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Pregnant women need to get the Tdap vaccine, as it can help protect their babies from whooping cough in the first few months of life.
TDaP, DTaP, and Td Vaccine Injuries
The Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis ("TDaP") and Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis ("DTaP") vaccines can cause various adverse reactions and injuries including shoulder injuries, Encephalitis, Encephalomyelitis ("ADEM"), and Anaphylaxis, among other injuries.
The TDaP and DTaP vaccines are administered to prevent three bacterial diseases: Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis. As one of the most frequently received combination vaccines in the United States, sudden severe allergic reactions and injuries following the TDaP and DTaP vaccines are common, similar to that of tetanus shot pain.
If you or a loved one has been injured, you may be entitled to compensation from a federal trust fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Trust Fund.
Injury risks from the TDaP vaccine
Although each medical professional's goal is to practice vaccine safety protocols when performing an administration, TDaP DTaP and Td vaccine injections can sometimes result in an adverse reaction.
The TDaP vaccination can cause a variety of adverse events. Below is a list of covered injuries under the Vaccine Injury Table:
- SIRVA injury including Bursitis, Frozen Shoulder, Tendonitis, Ulnar Neuropathy and Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Parsonage-Turner Syndrome ("PTS")
- Transverse Myelitis
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome
What are the side effects of the TDaP vaccine?
The Centers for Disease Control ("CDC") website lists the following risk of adverse reactions from the TDaP shot: injection site reactions like arm pain, redness, or swelling, mild fever, headache, feeling tired, and nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, severe coughing spells or stomach ache sometimes happen after TDaP vaccine.
Additionally, people sometimes faint after medical procedures, including fainting from vaccination. Tell your provider if you feel dizzy or have vision changes or ringing in the ears. In rare cases, as with any medicine, there is a very remote chance of a vaccine causing a life-threatening allergic reaction, violent coughing, and other serious injury, or death.
What is in the TDaP and DTaP vaccines?
Vaccine ingredients for DTaP Daptacel vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, Ltd., contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
Ingredients for the DTaP Infanrix vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
Ingredients in the TDaP Adacel vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, Ltd., contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
Ingredients for the TDaP Boostrix vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
TDaP DTaP and Td vaccine schedule
As these are vaccine-preventable diseases, it is important to listen to your healthcare professional's vaccination schedule recommendation.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices ("ACIP") suggests young children generally receive five (5) DTaP vaccine doses at the following ages: newborn infants at two (2) months, four (4) months, six (6) months, 15 to 18 months, and then older children around four to six (4 to 6) years of age.
However, immunity will diminish over time and therefore most health care professionals recommend a booster shot every 10 years. This booster shot may be either the Tetanus-Diphtheria dosage (whooping cough not contained) or the Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis ("TDaP") dosage where whooping cough is contained.
In review, the TDaP vaccine is essentially the same blend as DTaP except in lower doses, thus making TDaP the booster vaccine.
How to report TDaP vaccine injury
In the wake of a Tetanus Pertussis and Diphtheria vaccine injury, you should immediately notify your doctor's office. Be sure to provide the date of vaccination, the vaccine administrator’s information and the site of injection (i.e., left or right arm.) Your medical provider will ensure that you begin a course of treatment to best address your symptoms. Additionally, you should:
- Call your doctor as some tetanus vaccine injuries can be life-threatening if left untreated;
- Tell your doctor exactly what happened, the date and time of your vaccine, and where it was given;
- Ask your doctor to file a Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System ("VAERS") form.
- Hire a vaccine injury attorney to protect your rights and ensure potential financial compensation.
VAERS stands for the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which is a program managed by the CDC. The program processes submitted reports of vaccine injuries and adverse events from those who have been injured. It is not to bring a traditional civil lawsuit against any vaccine manufacturers. It is important to note that VAERS does not diagnose those who have been injured with a vaccine injury, but rather compile data about reported adverse reactions for the CDC and the Food and Drug Administration in hopes of improving vaccine safety measures in the future. There are no restrictions to who can file a VAERS report and it is often used as supplemental evidence in vaccine cases when determining the onset of an injury or symptoms.
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