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When should you get a tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Td, Tdap) vaccine?

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A single shot of Tdap protects against all three diseases. One shot of Td guards against tetanus and diphtheria.

How often and when: A one-time Tdap vaccination, followed by a Td booster every 10 years.

Who should get it?

  • Adults up to age 64 who haven’t had the Tdap vaccine in the past 10 years or at all
  • People 65 and older who haven’t had the vaccine and will be in close contact with a baby younger than 12 months of age
  • Pregnant women should get the Tdap vaccine, preferably between weeks 27 and 36 of each pregnancy.
  • Anyone who hasn’t had a tetanus shot in the past 10 years and has already gotten a Tdap shot should get a Td vaccine.

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

SOURCES:

News release, FDA.

CDC: ''Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine,'' ''Pneumococcal Disease In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis A In-Short,'' ''Hepatitis B In-Short,'' ''HPV Vaccine - Questions & Answers,'' ''Meningococcal: Who Needs to be Vaccinated?'' ''Shingles Vaccination: What You Need to Know,'' ''Varicella (Chickenpox) Vaccine Q&A.''

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report : ''Updated Recommendations for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010,'' ''Adult Immunization Schedules, United States, 2013.''

Immunization Action Coalition: ''Vaccinations for Adults.''

CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on August 7, 2019

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