Tdap Side Effects
What should I watch for?
See your health care provider for all shots of this vaccine as directed. To have protection from infection, you must have 3 shots of this vaccine plus boosters as needed. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious or unusual side effects after getting this vaccine.
Common and Rare Side Effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:
Collapse or shock-like state
crying for 3 hours or more
fever over 102.2 °F
redness or swelling of 4 inches or more at the injection site
severe pain at the injection site
Incidence not known
black, tarry stools
bleeding, blistering, burning, coldness, discoloration of the skin, feeling of pressure, hives, infection, inflammation, itching, lumps, numbness, pain, rash, redness, scarring, soreness, stinging, swelling, tenderness, tingling, ulceration, or warmth at the injection site
blood in the urine or stools
bluish color of the fingernails, lips, skin, palms, or nail beds
difficulty with swallowing
joint pain, stiffness, or swelling
loss of bladder control
loss of consciousness
loss of strength or energy
muscle pain or weakness
pain or cramping in the abdomen or stomach
pinpoint red spots on the skin
puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
rash with flat lesions or small raised lesions on the skin
shortness of breath
sleepiness or unusual drowsiness
swollen, painful, or tender lymph glands in the neck, armpit, or groin
tightness in the chest
total body jerking
unusual bleeding or bruising
unusual tiredness or weakness (sudden and severe)
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Fever of 99.5 °F or more
loss of appetite
mild pain, redness, swelling, or tenderness at the injection site
Incidence not known
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.