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Prevention: Adults

Español: Prevención: Adultos

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Vaccine protection for pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, and diphtheria fades with time, so all adults 19 and older who have not previously received a Tdap vaccine need a booster shot. Experts recommend adults receive a tetanus and diphtheria booster (called Td) every 10 years. The easiest thing for adults to do is to get Tdap instead of their next regular Td booster. The dose of Tdap can be given earlier than the 10-year mark. Being up-to-date with one dose of Tdap is especially important for adults who are around babies. Remember that even fully-vaccinated adults can get pertussis. If you are caring for babies, check with your healthcare professional about what's best for your situation.

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