tetanus and diphtheria toxoids
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tetanus and diphtheria toxoids (Td)
an active immunizing agent containing detoxified tetanus and diphtheria toxoids that slowly produce an antigenic response to the diseases.
indications This drug is used for prophylaxis when treating wounds and is the preferred method for immunization against tetanus and diphtheria in adults and children over 7 years of age. Younger children should be treated with diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus trivalent vaccine.
contraindications Immunosuppression, concomitant use of corticosteroids, or acute infection prohibits the use of this drug.
adverse effects Among the most serious adverse effects are allergic reactions and stinging at the site of injection.