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Can pregnant women get a tetanus shot?

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Yes. In fact, current guidelines recommend that women receive a Tdap vaccine each time they get pregnant, specifically to prevent pertussis. Wait to get the vaccine if you have a moderate to severe acute illness.

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Tetanus for Adults" and "Tetanus."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Tetanus Vaccine."

CDC: "Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccination Coverage among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older - United States, 1999 and 2008," "Preventing Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Among Adults: Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine," and "Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 09, 2018

SOURCES:

National Foundation for Infectious Diseases: "Facts About Tetanus for Adults" and "Tetanus."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Tetanus Vaccine."

CDC: "Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccination Coverage among Adults Aged 18 Years and Older - United States, 1999 and 2008," "Preventing Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Among Adults: Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine," and "Vaccine Excipient & Media Summary."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 09, 2018

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