The Tdap vaccine protects against three bacterial illnesses: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis is commonly referred to as whooping cough. Tdap is recommended as a booster for adolescents for adults who are in contact with infants and also for pregnant women.
Who should get the shot?
Tdap is especially important for health care professionals and anyone having close contact with a baby younger than 12 months.
Pregnant women should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy, to protect the newborn from pertussis. Infants are most at risk for severe, life-threatening complications from pertussis.
Another vaccine, called Td, protects against tetanus and diphtheria, but not pertussis. A Td booster should be given every 10 years. Tdap may be given as one of these boosters if you have never gotten Tdap before. Tdap may also be given after a severe cut or burn to prevent tetanus infection.
What to know before your visit
Patients must be 18 years or older and 19 years in Connecticut,
Patients with a history of allergy or adverse reactions to the vaccine may be directed to another health care provider.
Some people should not get this vaccine
A person who has ever had a life-threatening allergic reaction after a previous dose of any diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis containing vaccine, OR has a severe allergy to any part of this vaccine, should not get Tdap vaccine. Tell the person giving the vaccine about any severe allergies.
Anyone who had coma or long repeated seizures within 7 days after a childhood dose of DTP or DTaP, or a previous dose of Tdap, should not get Tdap, unless a cause other than the vaccine was found. They can still get Td.
Talk to your doctor if you:
have seizures or another nervous system problem, had severe pain or swelling after any vaccine containing diphtheria, tetanus or pertussis, ever had a condition called Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS),
aren't feeling well on the day the shot is scheduled.