Whooping Cough Vaccine: Who Should Not Get Vaccinated?
This vaccine helps prevent:
- Diphtheria —which causes a sore throat with thick covering in the back of the throat
- Tetanus —which causes painful muscle tightening all over the body; also known as lockjaw
- Pertussis —which causes bad coughing spells that make it difficult for infants to eat, drink, and breathe; also known as whooping cough
The Tdap vaccine contains diphtheria and tetanus toxoids, and acellular (small, purified pieces) pertussis germ.
It is given to children ≥ 7 years old, adolescents, and adults to protect against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis infections.
The vaccine is given as an injection, usually into the arm or thigh.
Last reviewedJune 2014by Fabienne Daguilh, MD
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