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DTaP vaccines are safe, but take care to prevent vaccination-related errors

KEY POINT

An in-depth review of data from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) on DTaP-based vaccines over a 19-year period showed no new or unexpected safety signals, with the most common adverse events being injection-site reactions and fever. Nonserious vaccination errors were also identified as an issue.

SOURCES

Moro PL, et al. Safety surveillance of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccines. Pediatrics. 2018;[Epub ahead of print].

Institute for Safe Medication Practices. DTaP-Tdap mix-ups now affecting hundreds of patients. MSA! July 1, 2010. Accessed July 16, 2018.