How is DPT vaccine given?

  1. The 10 ml vial of DPT vaccine is ready to use. Shake the vial well and draw 0.5 ml of the vaccine into a syringe. Use a new 23 gauge needle for each child. Never use the same needle for more than one child.
  2. Clean an area over the skin on the outer side of the left thigh (upper leg) with an alcohol swab (NOT buttocks).
  3. Inject 0.5 ml of the vaccine intramuscularly.

Three doses of DPT vaccine are given together with polio vaccine at 6, 10 and 14 weeks. A follow up (booster) dose is given with polio vaccine at 18 months.

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