travelling frequently and it has been longer than five years since the last dose.
How the Diphtheria and tetanus vaccine is given
ADT vaccine is given as an injection into the top of the arm.
Possible side effects of the diphtheria and tetanus vaccine
Like any medications, the ADT vaccine can have some minor and short-lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
pain, redness and swelling at the injection site
a mild fever of 37-38 degrees Celsius
children may be irritable or unsettled
Booster doses of a diphtheria, tetanus combination vaccine can result in extensive limb swelling, which involves the area around the injection site becoming red and/or swollen and extending to the shoulder and/or elbow. This resolves completely within a few days and generally requires no treatment.
Although very rare, other side effects may include:
a severe allergic reaction to the vaccine
raised and itchy skin rash
inflammation of the nerve in the arm (brachial neuritis) causing weakness and numbness.
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