Prevention and Wellness

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

What is the Tetanus plus Pertussis (also known as DTaP) vaccine?

Tetanus – often called lockjaw – is a disease that causes muscle spasms.

Pertussis - also known as whooping cough - is highly contagious and can cause severe coughing spells that produce a “whooping” sound (sharp intake of breath).

The Tetanus plus Pertussis vaccine provides medication to prevent both diseases.

Booster Vaccines

It is recommended that people get a tetanus booster vaccine every 10 years, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

The Tetanus plus Pertussis vaccine can be given instead of a regular tetanus booster. This vaccine can be given earlier than the 10-year mark, if recommended by your physician.

Infants and Pertussis

Infants younger than 6 months are at a higher risk of catching pertussis than adults because they haven’t had enough doses of the vaccine to protect them against it.

An easy solution is for adults – especially new moms and caregivers of young children – to get the vaccine to protect their household.

Check with your physician to find out if the Tetanus plus Pertussis vaccine is right for you.

Learn More:

Michael Chunn, MD, Michael A. Chunn, MD Family Practice; Tracie Bolden, MD, Fairfield Road Physician Offices; Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center

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