Vaccination is the best protection against these diseases and their complications:
According to Québec’s immunization schedule, children are given one dose of Tdap-IPV vaccine before they start school. The vaccine can also be given to children over 4 years of age and adults who need protection against these 4 diseases.
For babies and children under 4 years of age, another combined diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and polio vaccine is available. To find out more about this other vaccine, go to the page Combined diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough) and polio vaccine (DTaP-IPV) – Under 4 years of age.
Some symptoms may be caused by the vaccine, e.g. redness at the injection site. Other problems may occur by chance and are not related to the vaccine, e.g. cold, gastro, headache.
Tdap-IPV vaccine is safe. Most reactions are harmless and do not last long.
In most cases (more than 50% of people)
Very often (less than 50% of people)
Often (less than 10% of people)
Sometimes (less than 1% of people)
Very rarely (less than 1 person in 10,000)
Wait 15 minutes before leaving premises where vaccine is received. If an allergic reaction occurs, the symptoms will appear a few minutes after the vaccination.
If you feel side effects, immediately inform the person giving the vaccine. That person will be able to treat you immediately.
If you experience redness, pain or swelling at the injection site, apply a cold, damp compress on it.
Use medication for fever or discomfort if needed.
See a doctor if one of the following applies to you:
Québec Immunization Program
Vaccination for children
Reducing the pain and anxiety of vaccination in children
April 17, 2019
Please contact Services Québec
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