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Tetanus Vaccination

Tetanus vaccines are recommended throughout your life. There are four combination vaccines used to prevent tetanus: DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td. Two of these (DTaP and DT) are given to children younger than 7 years of age, and two (Tdap and Td) are given to older children and adults. Several other combination vaccines contain DTaP along with other childhood vaccines.

Upper-case letters in these abbreviations denote full-strength doses of diphtheria (D) and tetanus (T) toxoids and pertussis (P) vaccine. Lower-case "d" and "p" denote reduced doses of diphtheria and pertussis used in the adolescent/adult-formulations. The "a" in DTaP and Tdap stands for "acellular," meaning that the pertussis component contains only a part of the pertussis organism. For more information, see tetanus vaccination.

For Those Getting Vaccinated

  • Tetanus Vaccine Basics
    Offers comprehensive offers information about pertussis vaccines and other educational tools.
  • Td or Tdap Vaccine "What You Need To Know"
    This one-page CDC vaccine information statement explains who should get Td or Tdap vaccine and when.
  • DTaP Vaccine "What You Need To Know"
    This one-page CDC vaccine information statement explains who should get DTaP vaccine and when.
  • Vaccine Safety
  • Who Should Not Be Vaccinated with DTaP, Td, or Tdap?

Clinical Information for Healthcare Professionals

Tetanus references and resources, provider education tools, and materials for patients

Vaccination Coverage

The National Immunization Survey (NIS) is a large, on-going survey of immunization coverage among U.S. pre-school children (19 through 35 months of age). In conjunction with the NIS, CDC also conducts the NIS-Teen (13 through 17 years of age) and the NIS-Adult.

School Mandates

Tdap booster requirements for secondary schools

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