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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.
- CDC. Updated Recommendation for Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine in Adults 65 Years and Older – Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2012. MMWR 2012;61(25):468-70.
- CDC. Updated Recommendations for the Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, 2010. MMWR 2011;60(01):13-15.
- CDC. Preventing Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis Among Adults: Use of Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccines. Recommendation of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and Recommendation of ACIP, supported by the Healthcare Infection Control Practices Advisory Committee (HICPAC), for the Use of Tdap Among Healthcare Personnel. MMWR 2006;55(RR17):1-33.
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- Page last reviewed: August 31, 2015
- Page last updated: September 8, 2015
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