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When can teens and adults get the Tdap booster vaccine for whooping cough?

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The CDC says adults and children age 11 and up should get a Tdap booster shot.

Preteens and teens can get it instead of the usual tetanus booster that’s due around the same time.

Adults can get the Tdap at any time. If you had the tetanus booster not too long ago, though, check with your doctor. It may be better to wait a few years.

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 08, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: "Vaccines and Immunizations," "Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccines: What You Need to Know."

eMedicine: "Pertussis."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava on February 08, 2019

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