When should an adult get the Tdap vaccine or booster?

The vaccine to protect against pertussis which is included in the Tdap vaccine – is among the immunizations children are scheduled to receive at regular doctor visits. Pertussis is commonly known as whooping cough.

It is important though for adults to receive the vaccine, too, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). Adults who are scheduled to receive a tetanus booster – which is needed at least every 10 years – can get the Tdap immunization, which includes protects against not only tetanus vaccine but also pertussis and diptheria.

Adults and children who have not yet received the Tdap booster who will be around babies 2 months old and younger should get the vaccine even if it has not yet been 10 years since their last one, according to the AAP. Making sure people who are around infants are protected against pertussis will help keep unprotected babies from getting the disease.

Talk to your doctor about a good time for your and your family member to receive the Tdap vaccine or booster.

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