- 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.
- Clean an area over the skin on the outer side of the left thigh (upper leg) with an alcohol swab (NOT buttocks).
- 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.