One of the Recommended Vaccines by Disease
Vaccines are available that can help prevent tetanus, an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria. There are four kinds of vaccines used today to protect against tetanus, all of which are combined with vaccines for other diseases:
- Diphtheria and tetanus (DT) vaccines
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (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.
Talk with your or your child’s healthcare professional if you have questions about tetanus vaccines.
CDC recommends tetanus vaccination for:
- Babies and children
- Preteens and teens
- CDC's Tetanus Website
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough Vaccine Information Statements
- Tetanus Information on vaccines.gov
- Photos of Tetanus Bacteria and People Affected by Tetanus
Warning: Some of these photos are graphic.
- Page last reviewed: November 22, 2016
- Page last updated: November 22, 2016
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