Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccines
Why are these vaccines important?
- Tetanus – causes painful muscle contractions and lockjaw
- Diphtheria – can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure, and paralysis
- Pertussis (whooping cough) causes uncontrollable coughing
How do I know these vaccines are safe?
- The Vaccine Adverse Effect Reporting System (VAERS) is a system used to monitor the effects of vaccines to ensure safety.
- No unexpected health concerns have been found from the Tdap vaccine in adolescents, adults, adults over 65 years old or pregnant women (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], 2020).
- First dose at 11-12 years of age
- Pregnant women should receive a Tdap vaccine during each pregnancy
- Adults who have never received a dose should get a Tdap vaccine
- Adults should receive a booster Tdap (or Td) vaccine every 10 years
Common Side Effects
- Injection site pain/swelling/redness
- Nausea or diarrhea
Talk to your doctor about if the Tdap is right for you if…
- You have a history of seizures or other nervous system problems
- You have a history of side effects after vaccines
- You are not feeling well the day of the scheduled vaccine
- Developed Guillain-Barre Syndrome after a previous Tdap dose
- You have a history of severe pain after Tdap doses