What does this vaccine help prevent?
This vaccine helps prevent:
- Diphtheria - which causes a sore throat with thick covering in the back of the throat
- Tetanus - which causes painful muscle tightening all over the body; also known as lockjaw
- Pertussis - which causes bad coughing spells that make it difficult for infants to eat, drink, and breathe; also known as whooping cough
What Is the Tdap Vaccine?
The Tdap vaccine contains diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular (small, purified pieces) pertussis germ.
It is given to children ≥ 7 years old, adolescents, and adults to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis infections.
The vaccine is given as an injection, usually into the arm or thigh.
Who Should Get Vaccinated and When?
Tdap is routinely recommended for children aged 11 years or older, regardless of whether or not they completed the DTaP series. Tdap can also be given to:
- Children aged 7-10 years who have not been fully vaccinated
- Children (aged 11 years and older) and adults who did not get the Tdap should receive the vaccine followed by a tetanus and diphtheria (Td) booster every 10 years
- Adults who have never received Tdap
- Pregnant women or adolescents after 27-36 weeks gestation, for each pregnancy, even if they have received Tdap in the past
If you or your child has not been fully vaccinated against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, talk to the doctor.