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  DTaP vaccine



DTaP vaccine

    An immunization that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis(whooping cough), given as a series of injections beginning at 2 months.The DTaP is a newer version of the DTP vaccine, and is less likely to haveside effects.

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Immunization
Natural immunity provided by antibodies or induced immunity via inoculations.

Diphtheria
A painful bacterial infection that destroys the lining of the throat, swelling the neck and causing fever and difficulty breathing; in severe cases it can cause death by asphyxiation in three or four days. Diphtheria can be prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine.

Tetanus
An acute, life-threatening illness caused by a toxin (tetanospasmin) produced in infected wounds by the bacillus Clostridium tetani. The disease is marked by extreme muscular rigidity, violent muscle spasms, and often, respiratory and autonomic failure.

DTaP
Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis vaccine.

Vaccine
A preparation, often of living weakened microorganisms, that is introduced into the body to produce immunity to a specific disease by causing the formation of antibodies.



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DTaP
Diphtheria-Tetanus-acellular Pertussis vaccine.

DTaP immunization
Like DPT, DTaP protects from diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus. DTaP is the same as DTP, except that it contains only acellular pertussis vaccine which is thought to cause fewer of the minor reactions associated with immunization and is also probably less likely to cause the more severe reactions occasionally seen following pertussis vaccination. DTaP is currently recommended only for the shots given at 18 months and 4-6 years of age.

DTaP Vaccines
Combined vaccines consisting of DIPHTHERIA TOXOID; TETANUS TOXOID; and an acellular form of PERTUSSIS VACCINE. At least five different purifed antigens of B. pertussis have been used in various combinations in these vaccines.



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Dilation
The opening of the cervix during labor.

Diphtheria
A painful bacterial infection that destroys the lining of the throat, swelling the neck and causing fever and difficulty breathing; in severe cases it can cause death by asphyxiation in three or four days. Diphtheria can be prevented by the DTaP (diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis) vaccine.

Discipline
The limits a parent or caregiver sets on a child's behavior for purposes of safety or socialization.

Displaced child syndrome
When an older child feels jealous or rejected after the birth of a sibling.

Doula
A person specially trained to help during labor and after the birth of ababy. Might help a new mother breastfeed or cook, clean, and care for olderchildren.

DTaP vaccine

DTP vaccine
An immunization that protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis(whooping cough). Given as a series of five injections beginning at 2 months.

Due date
The date, set by a doctor or midwife and based on the first day of a woman's last menstruation, when a baby's birth is expected. Because the date-setting is not an exact science, the medical term for due date is EDD, or Expected Due Date.

Dystocia
When labor does not progress. Uterine dystocia is when contractions donot intensify; shoulder dystocia is when a baby's

Dmax
The largest displacement between successive presentations for which observers still obtain a coherent sense of motion. For larger steps the displaced object seems to disappear and then reappear at a different location. Increases with retinal eccentricity and is a function of the spatial frequencies in the image. Note that apparent motion can occur at distance much larger than Dmax.

Dark light
Rods spontaneously produce a signal that is indistinguishable from a photon elicited event even in complete darkness about once every 160 msec.

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