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I have a question.

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I am considering giving the DTaP to my children. Â My oldest was vaccinated until the MMR vaccine showed up in the schedule. Â My 2nd child had 2 shots. Â The Hep B in the hospital at day one and the 2nd shot in the series that had the Hep B in it. Â My 3rd has not had any vaccines. Â My youngest is 4, almost 5. Â My second child is special needs, and I am a little paranoid about giving him shots. Â I am not saying vaccines gave him his issues, but I am not ruling it out. Â I will never know since he was vaccinated on day one.

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If I wanted to give my kids a DTaP, I want to be sure they get only what is needed.

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My kids are 4, 6 & 8.

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Do they need the 3-series shot, or can they have the Tdap as a one-shot series?

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How long does it take that shot to become effective to protect against the disease?

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Thank you.

Dtap is a 5 dose series with usual doses at 2mos, 4 mos, 6 mos, 18 mos, and 4 yrs. Â You drop one dose if you do not start the series until the child is 4. Â 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). Â

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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.

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Your youngest would need 4 doses.

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All would have a booster due at 11 yrs of age (per the CDC guidelines).

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I am curious as to why you chose the DTap out of all the vaxes. Â 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.

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