Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) Vaccine

Who should receive this vaccine?

  • Tdap is only for children 7 years and older, adolescents, and adults.

  • Adolescents should receive a single dose of Tdap, preferably at age 11 or 12 years.

  • Pregnant people should get a dose of Tdap during every pregnancy, preferably during the early part of the third trimester, to help protect the newborn from pertussis. Infants are most at risk for severe, life-threatening complications from pertussis.

  • Adults who have never received Tdap should get a dose of Tdap.

  • Adults should receive a booster dose of either Tdap every 10 years, or after 5 years in the case of a severe or dirty wound or burn.

What does this vaccine protect against?

Tdap protects individuals from tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis.

Does this vaccine cause any infections?

No, the CDC has stated that the Tdap immunization does not cause any infections.

What else should I know?

Tdap may be given at the same time as other vaccines.