DPT Commonly known as triple vaccine refers to a class of combination vaccines against three infectious diseases in humans: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. 0.5ml of DTP vaccine is given through intramuscular route on the anterolateral aspect of thigh.
• It should be given 6-8 weeks after birth.
• Three doses have to be taken at 4 weeks interval followed by 2 booster doses at 1.5 and 5 yrs of age.
DPT vaccine is not recommended after 6-7 yrs of age, DT should also be used for the following:
• A child having convulsions within 3 days of receiving the vaccine.
• Reaction to first dose.
• Persistent screaming within 72 hrs of injection.