Why Do I need a Tdap Immunization?

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The Tdap vaccine provides protection against three serious illnesses – tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

All three diseases are caused by bacteria, and the CDC described each as follows:

  • Tetanus – Also known as lockjaw, tetanus causes painful muscle tightening all over the body. It can cause the muscles in the head and neck to become so tight you can’t open your mouth, swallow or even breathe.
  • Diphtheria – This disease can cause a thick coating in the back of the throat that can lead to breathing issues, heart failure, paralysis and death.
  • Pertussis – Also known as whooping cough, pertussis causes severe coughing spells that can lead to difficulty breathing, vomiting and trouble sleeping.

The Tdap vaccine is designed to protect teens and adults from these three diseases with just one dose, typically given around age 11 or 12, according to the CDC. 

The vaccine is most important for healthcare workers and anyone who will be in contact with children 12 months and younger, according to the CDC. And, it is recommended that pregnant women get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy to help protect the newborn from pertussis because infants are at highest risk for that disease.

Talk to your physician for more information about Tdap immunizations.

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