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What should I know about Tdap vaccination?

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Tdap vaccination offers the best prevention against pertussis, tetanus, and diphtheria. Tdap stands for tetanus and diphtheria toxoids with acellular pertussis. It is marketed under the brand names Adacel and Boostrix.

Tdap is an inactive vaccine, which means it is made from dead bacteria. The dead germs cannot make you sick. Tdap is not the same as DTaP, the vaccine used for children to prevent the same diseases.

SOURCES:  

CDC web site: "Possible Side Effects of Vaccines" and "Tetanus, Diphtheria (TD), or Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine. What You Need To Know."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Types of Vaccines."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Ask the Experts: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis" and "Pertussis Vaccine."

World Health Organization web site: "Diphtheria."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

SOURCES:  

CDC web site: "Possible Side Effects of Vaccines" and "Tetanus, Diphtheria (TD), or Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine. What You Need To Know."

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Types of Vaccines."

Immunization Action Coalition: "Ask the Experts: Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis" and "Pertussis Vaccine."

World Health Organization web site: "Diphtheria."

CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices.

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on April 30, 2017

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