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Vaccine Information for Tetanus, Diphtheria & Whooping Cough

You can get the vaccine for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (also known as whooping cough) at Medical Diagnostic Associates (MDA).

Td vs. Tdap

Td is a tetanus-diphtheria vaccine given to adolescents and adults as a booster shot every 10 years, or sometimes after an exposure to tetanus. The tetanus bacteria are usually found in soil, dust or manure and usually enter the body through cuts or puncture wounds. Tdap is similar to Td but also contains protection against pertussis.

Td & Tdap Vaccine Recommendations

A Td (tetanus-diphtheria) booster vaccine is recommended for all adults every 10 years for life. Adults who have not had the combined tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine (Tdap) should get one dose of Tdap instead of their next regular tetanus booster.

Adults who have close contact with infants under one year of age should get a single dose of Tdap as soon as they can, regardless of how long ago they had a tetanus booster, because pertussis (whooping cough) most commonly affects infants and young children and can be fatal, especially in babies.

Pertussis Information for Travelers

Travelers should be up to date with pertussis, or whooping cough, vaccinations before departure. Worldwide, pertussis is one of the leading causes of vaccine-preventable deaths. Most deaths occur in young infants who are either unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated.

Tetanus, Diphtheria & Pertussis Risk Factors

You have an increased risk of developing tetanus or diphtheria if you were not fully vaccinated during childhood, and with increasing age. Pertussis has become more common in adults, due to fading immunity over time.

What is Tetanus?

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. Tetanus leads to death in about 1 in 10 cases. Tetanus is different from other vaccine-preventable diseases because it does not spread from person to person, but from exposure in a wound to the tetanus bacteria. Nearly all cases of tetanus are among people who have never received a tetanus vaccine, or adults who don't stay up to date on their booster shots.

What is Diphtheria?

Diphtheria is a respiratory disease, which causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death if not treated. Diphtheria begins with the gradual onset of a sore throat and a low-grade fever. It is spread by coughing and sneezing.

What is Pertussis (Whooping Cough)?

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory disease. Pertussis is known for uncontrollable, violent coughing which often makes it hard to breathe. After fits of many coughs, someone with pertussis often needs to take deep breathes which result in a "whooping" sound.

More Information on Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis

Learn more about Pertussis, Diphtheria and Tetanus Vaccination at the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention.

Contact Us

Medical Diagnostic Associates Infectious disease doctors located in Westfield, New Jersey offer travel consultations, adult vaccines, travel immunizations and medications to help protect you from infectious diseases.

Call one of our convenient locations to make an appointment, and get the immunizations you need to protect your health. Many adolescents and adults are under immunized, missing the opportunity to protect themselves from diseases such as Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.

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525 Central Avenue, Suite C, Westfield, NJ 07090
Phone: (908) 233-0895 •   Fax: (908) 389-1933
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