Join Date: Aug 2004
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DTaP vs Tdap
I know that the DTaP is what they give the younger kids and that the Tdap is what they give the older kids. However, I would like to know how they differ.
My concern lies with my middle child. She had the DTaP series when she was little. I hesitated at her kindy visit, but she did receive her final dose at that time. Unfortunately, she seemed to have a problematic reaction to that dose. It was bad enough that I brought her in, the nurse was concerned, but the doctor acted like it was no big deal. It was the only vaccine in that leg, her leg swelled up to the point that she couldn't really walk. I asked for the reaction to be reported to VAERS but I don't know if that happened.
So, I am hesitant to do the Tdap since it protects against the same diseases. However, this child is prone to accident/injury and I feel that it is better to have her Tetanus up to date. It would add insult to injury if she had to get a shot after an accident. I understand that there is debate about the necessity of the tetanus.
Also, does anyone have information about the prevalence of diphtheria or pertussis? I believe that pertussis is more prevalent in our area and I am leaning toward that part of the vaccine simply because we spend a lot of time with a family whose son is particularly prone to Pertussis. He is fully vaccinated, but still gets pertussis fairly often.
This is getting long; I am sorry. Our doctor acts like she shouldn't have any problem since it is a different vaccine. I worry that the reaction could be worse this time. It isn't worth it to me if she would have the same reaction, much less a worse one.
Mom to three very active girls Anna (14), Kayla (12), Maya (8).