I have a question.
I am considering giving the DTaP to my children. My oldest was vaccinated until the MMR vaccine showed up in the schedule. My 2nd child had 2 shots. The Hep B in the hospital at day one and the 2nd shot in the series that had the Hep B in it. My 3rd has not had any vaccines. My youngest is 4, almost 5. My second child is special needs, and I am a little paranoid about giving him shots. I am not saying vaccines gave him his issues, but I am not ruling it out. I will never know since he was vaccinated on day one.
If I wanted to give my kids a DTaP, I want to be sure they get only what is needed.
My kids are 4, 6 & 8.
Do they need the 3-series shot, or can they have the Tdap as a one-shot series?
How long does it take that shot to become effective to protect against the disease?
Dtap is a 5 dose series with usual doses at 2mos, 4 mos, 6 mos, 18 mos, and 4 yrs. You drop one dose if you do not start the series until the child is 4. You your oldest should have had 3 shots, and would need 2 more (one Tdap and one Td since they do not do DTaP after age 7).
I am unclear as to what vaccine your 6 yr old had, but either it was a combo vax with Dtap, and you have 4 doses left, or you are starting new, and need 4 doses.
Your youngest would need 4 doses.
All would have a booster due at 11 yrs of age (per the CDC guidelines).
I am curious as to why you chose the DTap out of all the vaxes. We selectively vax & are on a delayed schedule, but I am always interested to know how others choose what to vax for and when to do it.