This shot helps block:
It has diphtheria and tetanus toxoids. It also has small pieces of pertussis bacteria that are not active.
It is given to children 7 years of age and older. It is also given to adults to protect against infections.
It is given as a shot in the arm or thigh.
Tdap is given to children aged 11 years of age or older. It is given even if they did not have the DTaP series. Tdap can also be given to:
If you or your child have not been fully vaccinated, talk to the doctor.
Most people do not have any problems. The most common ones are:
These health problems can happen, but they are not common:
Acetaminophen is sometimes given for pain and fever after getting a shot. In babies, it may weaken the shot. But in children at risk for seizures, it may need to be taken. Talk to your doctor about whether this is right for your child.
Most people should get their shots on time. People who may be at risk for problems are those who:
Talk with your doctor before getting the shot if you have:
The best way to block diphtheria is to get vaccinated.
Clean all wounds right away. Follow up with your doctor for care to block a tetanus infection.
Babies and people at high risk should avoid contact with infected people.
If there is an outbreak, all people who may have been exposed should be brought up to date with their shots. Babies and people at high risk should avoid contact with infected people. Finding out whether you have the disease right away can help stop it from spreading.
WHERE CAN I GET MORE INFORMATION?
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Healthy Children—American Academy of Pediatrics
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Tdap vaccine: what you need to know. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/tdap.pdf. Accessed October 27, 2020.
Vaccinations for adults. Immunization Action Coalition website. Available at: http://www.immunize.org/catg.d/p4030.pdf. Accessed October 27, 2020.
Whooping cough (pertussis) vaccination. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Immunization Program website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pertussis/default.htm. Accessed October 27, 2020.
Last reviewed September 2020 by EBSCO Medical Review Board James P. Cornell, MD Last Updated: 10/27/2020