Tetanus Diphtheria and Pertussis Vaccination (Tdap)
NOTE: Wellness Services provides Tdap vaccines to persons aged 16 to 64 years. A parent or legal guardian must be present with persons 16-17 years of age, and must sign a written consent prior to the vaccine.
Benefits of the vaccine
The incidence of whooping cough is rising rapidly. The Tdap vaccine adds protection against whooping cough (pertussis) to the usual tetanus (Td) vaccine. Every adult should receive one dose of this vaccine. Whooping cough is a serious bacterial infection of the breathing passages and is very contagious. The violent coughing spasms can be fatal, especially in infants. This vaccine not only protects adults from tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough; but also protects infants and children in their care.
When should you get the vaccine?
One dose of the Tdap vaccine is recommended as a substitute for one booster dose of the Tetanus (Td) vaccine for all adults aged 16 – 64. Waiting at least 5 years between Td and Tdap is encouraged, but not required. A 2 year interval since the last Td vaccine is recommended for:
- Adults who expect to have close contact with an infant younger than 12 months of age
- Healthcare workers who have direct patient contact
If you are not sure, ask your doctor or nurse.
What are the risks from Td vaccine?
As with any medicine, there are very small risks that serious problems, even death, could occur after getting a vaccine. The risks from the vaccine are much smaller than the risks from the disease if people stopped using the vaccine. Almost all people who get Tdap have no problems from the vaccine.
Mild - Moderate Problems:
If these problems occur, they usually start within hours to a day or two after vaccination. They may last 1-2 days:
- Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
- Mild fever
- Nausea, diarrhea stomach ache
You should not get a Tdap vaccine if you:
- Have had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a dose of DTP, DTaP, DT, or Td vaccine
- Have a severe allergy to any component of the vaccine. Tell your health care provider if you have any known severe allergies.
- Have a history of epilepsy, nervous system problems, Guillain Barre Syndrome, or severe swelling or pain after one of these vaccines
- Are pregnant
Source: Centers for Disease Control (CDC)
For more information please visit, http://www.immunize.org/