Tetanus Vaccination

Vaccines are available that help prevent tetanus, an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria. Four kinds of vaccines used in the United States today help protect against tetanus, all of which also provide protection against other diseases:

  • Diphtheria and tetanus (DT) vaccines
  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccines
  • Tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccines
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines

Babies and children younger than 7 years old receive DTaP or DT, while older children and adults receive Tdap and Td.

CDC recommends tetanus vaccination for all babies and children, preteens and teens, and adults. Talk with your or your child’s doctor if you have questions about tetanus vaccines.

What Everyone Should Know
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Tetanus vaccines for DTaP, Tdap, and Td.
CDC recommends tetanus vaccination for:
  • Young children
  • Preteens
  • Adults
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