Diphtheria, Tetanus & Pertussis are serious diseases caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and Pertussis are spread from person to person while Tetanus enters the body through cuts and wounds.Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat and can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and death.Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body, and can lead to locking of the jaw.  Pertussis causes extreme coughing and can lead to pneumonia, seizures, brain damage, and death. Most children who are vaccinated with DTaP will be protected throughout childhood.
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