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DTaP/TDaP Vaccine

DTAP & TDAP Injuries from Vaccines

What Types of Reactions are there?

The DTAP and TDAP vaccinations can cause various reactions and injuries including shoulder injuries, encephalitis, encephalopathy, anaphylactic shock, seizures, allergic reactions, and other injuries.

Related Vaccine Injury Case Result: $175,000 for adverse reaction to HPV vaccine.

About the Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis Vaccine (DTAP vaccine and TDAP vaccines)

The DTAP and TDAP vaccines are administered to prevent Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (also known as the “Whooping Cough”).

DTAP is the childhood vaccine and TDAP is the “booster” shot.  Children generally receive 5 DTAP vaccine doses at the following ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and 4-6 years.  However, immunity will diminish over time and therefore most doctors recommend a booster shot every ten years.  This booster shot may be either TD (whooping cough not contained) or TDAP (whooping cough is contained).

The TDAP vaccine is essentially the same blend as DTAP except in lower doses, thus making TDAP the “booster” vaccine.

Risks of these vaccines

The DTAP vaccine and TDAP vaccine are associated with the following risks:

  • Shoulder injury including bursitis, adhesive capsulitis, tendinitis, and rotator cuff tear
  • Brachial Neuritis
  • Parsonage Turner Syndrome
  • Anaphylactic reaction
  • Fever
  • Redness or swelling at the injection site
  • Fussiness and tiredness
  • Vomiting
  • Non-stop crying
  • Seizure
  • Pain and stiffness of the joints
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • Brain damage
  • Long-term seizures

If you or your child has experienced any of these reactions to the DTAP vaccine, immediately seek medical attention.

What are in these vaccines?

The DTAP vaccine and TDAP vaccine may contain the following ingredients:

  • Aluminum potassium sulfate
  • Formaldehyde
  • Aluminum hydroxide
  • Aluminum phosphate
  • Bovine extract
  • Ammonium sulfate
  • Thimerosal (mercury-based antiseptic)
  • Formaldehyde
  • Thimerosal
  • Ammonium phosphate
  • Mueller’s growth medium

Compensation for DTAP or TDAP Reactions

If you suffered a reaction, illness or injury after receiving the DTaP or TDaP vaccine, you may qualify for compensation from a federal program called the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program. Please call (800) 229-7704 to speak with the attorneys at Muller Brazil to discuss your potential claim.

For more information about the vaccine injury claims process, please click here.