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Tdap and Td Vaccines for Adults

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 2, 2024.

What are the Tdap and Td vaccines?

Tdap and Td are shots given to protect you and others around you from tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). These are severe infections caused by bacteria. Tetanus bacteria are found in dirt, manure, and dust. The bacteria enter the body through open skin, such as puncture wounds and burns. Diphtheria and pertussis bacteria are spread from person to person.

Why may I need the Tdap vaccine?

What should I tell my healthcare provider before I get the Tdap or Td vaccine?

What are reasons I should not get the Tdap vaccine?

When is the Td vaccine given?

The Td vaccine is usually given as a booster dose every 10 years. Td can also be given after 5 years if you have a severe wound or burn.

What are reasons I should not get the Td vaccine?

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When should I wait to get the Tdap or Td vaccine?

Tell your healthcare provider if you have a fever or any illness on the day of your vaccine appointment. Your provider may wait to give the vaccine until the fever or illness is gone.

What are the risks of the Tdap and Td vaccines?

The area where the vaccine was given may be red, tender, or swollen. This should get better in 1 to 2 days. Rarely, you may develop severe shoulder pain that lasts longer than 2 days. You may develop a fever. You may have an allergic reaction to the vaccine. This can be life-threatening.

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) if:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I call my doctor?

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