TDAP is a combination vaccine that can prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds, causing painful stiffening of the muscles and other life-threatening problems. Diphtheria can cause long-term heart, lung, and neurological problems, and Pertussis also known as whooping cough can also cause severe respiratory illnesses, especially in the young. These diseases are potentially life-threatening and disabling, also preventable; therefore, immunization is recommended.
Dosage & Instructions
Adults that have never received a dose of TDAP should receive one. Adults should also receive a booster dose every 10 years, or sooner in the case of a contaminated wound or a burn.
Immunization records are not mandatory, but useful.
Vaccine protection generally lasts for 10 years, but a booster is recommended if there’s a cut, burn or contaminated exposure and previous immunization has been over 5 years.
Routine immunization: travel vaccination is also recommended for visits to high-risk regions.