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is sometimes given to reduce pain and fever that may occur after getting a vaccine. In infants, the medication
may weaken the vaccine's effectiveness. However, in children at risk for seizures, a fever lowering
may be important to take. Discuss the risks and benefits of taking acetaminophen with your doctor.
Moderate or severe illness
—wait until you recover to get the vaccine
What Other Ways Can
Tetanus, Diphtheria, or Pertussis Be Prevented? TOP
The best way to prevent diphtheria is to get vaccinated.
Promptly clean all wounds and follow-up with your doctor for medical care to prevent a tetanus infection.
You can help prevent pertussis by keeping infants and other people at high risk away from infected people.
What Happens in the Event of a Pertussis
In the event of a
outbreak, all people who may have been exposed should be brought up to date with the vaccination. It is important to protect infants by isolating those who have the infection. Diagnosing the disease as quickly as possible can help control future outbreaks.
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