What are Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis?
What is Tetanus?
Tetanus, or lockjaw, is a dangerous nerve ailment caused by the toxin of a common bacterium often found in soil. This bacterium can also exist in environments as diverse as animal excrement, house dust, and operating rooms. It enters the body through cuts, scratches or wounds.
What is Diphtheria?
Diphtheria is highly contagious and is spread by coughing and sneezing. It is a respiratory disease that typically causes a sore throat, fever, swollen glands and weakness. It can also cause paralysis, heart failure, and death.
What is Pertussis?
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious illness spread by contact with droplets coughed out by someone with the disease, or by contact with recently contaminated hard surfaces upon which the droplets have landed. Early symptoms include runny nose, nasal congestion, and sneezing. After this stage, the most common symptom is intense bouts of coughing in which the gasping person makes a "whoop" sound when inhaling between coughs.
What are the Tdap and Td Vaccines?
Who should get the Tdap and Td Vaccines?
Adolescents 11 - 18 years of age should get one booster dose of Tdap.
All adults aged 19 and older should get a booster dose of Td every 10 years
Tdap should be substituted for Td (Tetanus Booster) for the next dose among people with the following characteristics:
Pregnant women should get Tdap during:
Anyone who gets a severe cut or burn might need a dose of Td or Tdap to prevent tetanus infection
Tdap may be used for people who have never had a dose. Td should be used if Tdap is not available, or for:
Who should not get the Tdap vaccine??
What are the side effects of the Tdap and Td vaccines?
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