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When should I talk to my doctor about getting Tdap vaccine?

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If you've had any of the following, talk to your doctor about whether the Tdap or Td vaccine is right for you:

  • Epilepsy or another nervous system problem
  • Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS)
  • A history of severe swelling or pain after receiving a pertussis, tetanus, or diphtheria vaccination in the past
  • If you are moderately to severely ill (your doctor may recommend waiting to get the shot until after you recover); the CDC says you can still get the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or low-grade fever.

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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