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Tdap Vaccine Tetanus Diphtheria Pertussis

Tdap is not the same as DTaP. They protect against the same diseases but are given at different times. The Tdap vaccine is a booster to DTaP for people aged 11-64 and is given as a shot. Only 1 dose should be given per lifetime per person. The vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis, also known as whooping cough. All are serious and occasionally fatal diseases caused by bacteria.

Whooping cough is a serious respiratory condition. Severe coughing spells interfere with breathing. The disease can progress to pneumonia, bronchitis, seizures, and death. Tetanus is caused by a toxin. Symptoms are muscle tightening and muscle spasms. The jaw locks preventing swallowing. Tetanus is often fatal. Diphtheria is a contagious respiratory infection that also affects the central nervous system, heart and throat. It causes breathing difficulties, heart problems, nerve damage, pneumonia, and sometimes death.

Common mild side effects of the Tdap vaccination are body aches, chills, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, redness or swelling at the injection site, or soreness at the injection site. Call your health care provider immediately if the person vaccinated has difficulty breathing, wheezing, hives, weakness, or dizziness.

Anyone who's had a serious reaction to the DTP, Td, DT, or DTaP vaccine, or has a severe allergy to latex, shouldn't get the Tdap booster. Consult with your doctor if you've had epilepsy or Guillain-Barre syndrome. Serious and severe side effects are rare. You and your children have a much greater chance of catching one of these serious and potentially life threatening disease.

Adolescents should have this vaccination at age 11 or 12. For older teens and adults, if you've had a Td vaccination within the last 10 years, check with your doctor. New mothers, health care personnel who work directly with ill patients, and anyone in regular contact with infants under 12 months, should have this vaccination as soon as possible.

Vaccines have dramatically reduced the incidence of serious infectious diseases. They've been so successful that it's become a common myth that many of these disease don't exist anymore, and vaccinations are no longer necessary. This is a complete misconception. Vaccines inject a weakened or dead bacteria or germ into the body. The immune system goes to work producing antibodies. When exposed to the disease, the vaccinated person is immune, doesn't even know he's been exposed to the disease. The immune system is boosted, not weakened by vaccinations.

Doctors offices and pharmacies offer the vaccine on a regular basis. Many local public health care clinics and community health centers offer low cost or free vaccinations. To stay up to date and be sure you are receiving the correct vaccinations, review your status with your health care provider on a regular basis.

Five DTaP vaccinations are given to children between the ages of 2 months and 6 years old. The purpose of the Tdap vaccine is to provide continuing protection to adolescents and adults between 11 and 64 only. Even though pertussis is rarely fatal to adults, it's contagious to infants who are at greater risk. Vaccinations of adults protects infants. If you have any allergies at all, any neurological illnesses, or prior reactions to other vaccines, consult with your doctor before vaccinating. Let your doctor decide what is relevant information.
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