What Are the Possible Side Effects of DTaP and Meningitis Vaccines?


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Similar, common side effects related to DTaP and meningitis immunizations may include low fever, chills, headache, fatigue, redness or swelling at the vaccination spot, or vomiting, state WebMD and RxList. Minor side effects are common, but vaccinations are considered by doctors to be less risky than the diseases they prevent.

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Less common but more serious side effects that may be related to the DTaP vaccine include non-stop crying for three or more hours, seizure, or a high fever of 105 degrees Fahrenheit or more, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Very rare, very serious allergic reactions may take place in one in 1 million cases. Other problems that have been reported after the DTaP vaccine include long-term seizures, coma or brain damage, but the problems are indicated so infrequently that causation cannot be established.

The meningitis vaccine, Menomune, may cause more serious side effects, such as unusual bleeding, severe weakness, unusual feeling in arms and legs, or high fever, states RxList. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms should refer to a doctor.

With either vaccine, patients should seek emergency medical attention if signs of allergic reaction are present, states WebMD. Signs of allergic reaction include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat.

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