Adacel (Adolescent & Adult) 2 Lf-(5-3-5mcg)-5 Lf/0.5mL IM Syringe
This medication is given to maintain protection (immunity) against diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), and pertussis (whooping cough) in children and adults aged 11 to 64 years who have been vaccinated for these diseases in the past. Vaccination is the best way to protect against these life-threatening diseases. Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies). Booster doses are needed to maintain immunity because antibody levels may become too low over time to provide the needed protection.
Headache, tiredness, body aches, nausea, diarrhea, fever, chills, vomiting, pain/swelling/redness at the injection site, or sore/swollen joints may occur. Acetaminophen or ibuprofen may be used to reduce soreness. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: difficulty breathing, high fever (higher than 104 degrees F/40 degrees C), numbness/tingling, muscle weakness, inability to move (paralysis). A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. Contact your doctor for medical advice about side effects. The following numbers do not provide medical advice, but in the US, you may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967. In Canada, you may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.