Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis) Vaccine
Tdap vaccine protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis). Teens and adults should get Tdap vaccine in order to:
- Help protect themselves against whooping cough and prevent the spread of disease to others.
- Help protect babies from whooping cough. Babies have the highest risk of serious illness from whooping cough. Anyone in close contact with a baby, including parents, siblings, child care providers, grandparents, and healthcare workers, should get a single dose of Tdap vaccine.
One dose of Tdap vaccine is recommended for:
- Kids aged 7 to 10 years who who did not get all 5 doses of DTaP vaccine.
- Adolescents aged 11 to 18 years (preferably at 11 or 12 years of age).
- Pregnant women need to get Tdap vaccine at each pregnancy, even if they've been vaccinated before. This gives moms more time to develop immunity to protect their baby against whooping cough.
- Adults aged 19 years of age and older, especially anyone in close contact with babies less than 12 months of age.
Vaccine Information Statement
- Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)
- Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria)
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