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4 Lifesaving Vaccines Adults Need

4 lifesaving shots you might be missing.

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4. Tdap booster

  • What it does: Protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough (pertussis) — diseases that can result in hospitalizations and even death.
  • Who should get it: All adults 19 to 64 (except pregnant women).
  • How often: Before 2005, adults were advised to get a Td shot — which protects against tetanus and diphtheria only — every 10 years. Since the new booster protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and whooping cough, make sure to get the Tdap instead of the Td when your decade's up.

 

Originally published on August 18, 2009

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