Is The Danger Of Injecting DPT Twice At The Same Thigh Location?

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My second syringe can be injected at the age of 3 months in the same thigh, is that okay?

1 Answer:

Hi Liya,


Thank you for the question.

DPT immunization (diphtheria pertussis tetanus) should ideally be done when the baby is 2 months old (DPT 1), 3 months (DPT 2), 4 months (DPT 3), then given a booster dose when the child is 18 months, 5 years, and 10 years or more. With complete DPT immunization, the risk of a child contracting diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus will be much smaller. Even if infected, then the risk of developing complications can be greatly minimized.


DPT immunization is given by intramuscular route. Usually, the doctor will choose the thigh area because of greater muscle mass. The thighs selected can alternate right and left referring to previous immunization history. The purpose of this is to increase the absorption of vaccine components, while minimizing the risk of inflammation at the former injection site. Even so, it is also not a prohibition to inject DPT immunization on the same side of the thigh. Provided that your baby's condition is healthy, and he also has no problems with endurance or severe allergies to the vaccine component, get DPT immunization on the same side of the thigh with a short distance (1 month) is generally not dangerous. So, don't worry about it ...


You can have your baby consulted directly to a doctor or pediatrician if he or she has severe symptoms of KIPI (post-immunization follow-up events) that is severe and does not improve within 1-3 days after immunization.


Hope this helps ...

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