Tetanus vaccines are recommended throughout your life. There are four kinds of vaccines used to protect against tetanus, all of which are combined with vaccines for other diseases:
- Diphtheria and tetanus (DT) vaccines
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough) (DTaP) vaccines
- Tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccines
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines
Tetanus vaccination is recommended for all babies, children, teens, and adults. DTaP and DT are given to children younger than 7 years old, while Tdap and Td are given to older children and adults.
For Those Getting Vaccinated
- Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination: What Everyone Should Know
This page offers basic information about vaccines used to protect against tetanus, including information on who should and should not get them, how well they work, and possible side effects.
- Tetanus (Lockjaw) Vaccination: Information for Healthcare Professionals
This page provides information on vaccine recommendations and contraindications; composition, immunogenicity, and efficacy; storage and handling; and administration details.
The National Immunization Survey (NIS) is a large, on-going survey of immunization coverage among U.S. pre-school children (19 through 35 months old). In conjunction with the NIS, CDC also conducts the NIS-Teen (13 through 17 years old) and the NIS-Adult.
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