Tdap & Td Vaccines

Who should get the Tdap or Td vaccines?

  • The Tdap and Td vaccines are only for children 7 years and older, adolescents, and adults. Children younger than 7 should receive the DTaP vaccine.
  • Adolescents should receive a single dose of Tdap, preferably at age 11 or 12 years old.
  • Pregnant people should get a dose of Tdap during the 27-36th week of every pregnancy to help protect the newborn from pertussis.
  • Adults who have never received it should get a dose of Tdap.
  • Adults should receive a booster dose of either Tdap or Td every 10 years, or after 5 years in the case of a severe or dirty wound or burn.

Why get the Tdap or Td vaccines?

The Tdap vaccine can prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. The Td vaccine can prevent only tetanus and diphtheria. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds. Diphtheria and pertussis spread from person to person. The best way to protect yourself and your loved ones is by making sure you are up to date on your vaccinations.

  • Tetanus (T), commonly known as lockjaw, is an infection caused by bacteria that invades the body and produces a poison (toxin) that causes painful muscle contractions. It often causes a person’s neck and jaw muscles to lock, making it difficult to open the mouth or swallow.
    • Common Ways Tetanus Bacteria Gets into Your Body
      • Wounds contaminated with dirt, poop, or spit
      • Wounds caused by an object puncturing the skin (like a nail or needle)
      • Burns
      • Crash injuries
      • Injuries with dead tissue
  • Diphtheria (d) is a serious infection caused by bacteria that make a poison (toxin). It can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis, and even death.
  • Pertussis (aP), also known as whooping cough, is a highly-contagious respiratory disease that can cause uncontrollable, violent coughing. It can affect people of all ages, but it can be very serious, even deadly, for babies less than a year old.

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*Information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Learn more about tetanus, whooping cough, and the Tdap and Td vaccines at