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Pertactin

INFORMATION

Uses

Pertactin is used to prevent pertussis (whooping cough).

How it works

Pertactin belongs to a class of drugs called as vaccines. It works by developing body’s natural immunity (antibodies) against pertussis infections.

Common side effects

AVAILABLE MEDICINE

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Expert advice

  • For DPT vaccine, always follow the compulsory schedule of 5 doses starting from 6 weeks age of the child.
  • Tell your doctor, if your child has any disease which reduces ability to fight infections and/or receiving treatment with steroids, chemotherapy, or radiotherapy.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after the injection, as the combination vaccines may cause dizziness.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe allergic reaction such as tightness in chest, difficulty breathing, fainting, fits, tingling or weakness in hands and feet, severe and persistent swelling, redness and pain on injection site.
  • Do not take if allergic to pertactin, any of the components of the combination vaccines or any of its ingredients.
  • Do not take if suffering with acute severe illness with high fever.
  • Do not take if having a history of severe allergic reaction after vaccination with any vaccine component.
  • Do not take in case of children if suffering with a history of brain infection (encephalopathy) of unknown cause, occurring within 7 days following previous vaccination with a pertussis containing vaccine.
  • Do not take if suffering with brain disease, fits, or any disease related to nervous system.


Content on this page was last updated on 11 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)