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"), Anaphylaxis, seizures, 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 vaccines in the United States, adverse reactions and injuries following the TDaP and DTaP vaccines are common. 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.
The distinction between the TDaP and DTaP vaccines is when they are administered. DTaP is the childhood dosage where as the TDaP is a “booster” shot. The Tetanus 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. You can learn more about the Tetanus vaccine and related vaccine injury settlements here. The Diphtheria 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 portion protects against Whooping Cough, a common sickness that induces vomiting, difficulty breathing, coughing spells, along with complications such as pneumonia and even death.
Children generally receive five (5) DTaP vaccine doses at the following ages: two (2) months, four (4) months, six (6) months, 15 to 18 months, and four to six (4 to 6) years. However, immunity will diminish over time and therefore most doctors 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.
The DTaP Daptacel vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, Ltd., contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
The DTaP Infanrix vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
The TDaP Adacel vaccine, made by Sanofi Pasteur, Ltd., contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
The TDaP Boostrix vaccine, made by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals, contains the following ingredients (not in order of quantity):
If you suffered a reaction, illness or injury after receiving the TDaP or DTaP vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal trust fund called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Please call us to speak directly with the attorneys at My Vaccine Lawyer to discuss your potential claim. Not only is the phone call free, but our representation comes at no cost to you. To see a list of our notable vaccine injury settlements, click on the graphic below for more detailed information.
Page last reviewed and updated: September 26, 2019