- This is a booster dose and is recommended every ten years
Diphtheria, Polio And Tetanus, Pertussis (Tdap)
Tdap is a combined vaccine that provides protection against three bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). The vaccine contains inactivated toxins or pieces of the bacteria to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies. Tetanus is caused by bacteria found in soil and can lead to severe muscle stiffness and spasms. Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that can affect the throat and cause difficulty breathing. Pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory infection known for its characteristic severe coughing fits. Tdap vaccination is essential for both children and adults to prevent these serious diseases and maintain overall community health. It is recommended for adolescents, pregnant women, and individuals who require a booster shot. By getting vaccinated with Tdap, we can protect ourselves and those around us from these preventable diseases.