What is a DPT-Polio-Hib vaccine?
These five vaccines can be given all in one shot. It protects against diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus, polio, and haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib). It’s given as a series of five shots, usually starting at 2 months of age and ending by preschool. Diphtheria is a disease that attacks the throat and heart. It can lead to heart failure and death. Pertussis is also known as whooping cough. It causes severe coughing that makes it hard to breathe, eat and drink. It can lead to pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage and death. Tetanus is also called “lockjaw.” It can lead to severe muscle spasms and death. Having your child immunized when he or she is young (which means making sure he or she gets all of the DTP shots in the series) will protect your child from tetanus and diphtheria for about 10 years. After this time, your child will need booster shots. Polio can cause muscle pain and paralysis of one or both legs or arms. It may also paralyze the muscles used to breathe and swallow. It can