The pertussis vaccine (DTaP) is given at 2, 4, 6, and 12 months of age, and at age 4 to protect a child from pertussis. However, pertussis is on the rise because the protective immunity of the DTaP vaccine declines over time.
The Tdap vaccine was developed to prevent pertussis in adolescents and adults. In 2012, the CDC began recommending the use of Tdap as follows:
- Adolescents 11 to 18 years of age should receive Tdap booster.
- Adults should receive one Tdap vaccine regardless of when the last Td was given.
- Adults who have close contact with young children should get the Tdap vaccine.
- Pregnant women should get the Tdap for each pregnancy in the third trimester (27 weeks or later).
Can I get the Tdap if I’ve already had my Tetanus booster?
The CDC recommends that all adults get the Tdap regardless of when the Tetanus booster was last given. Pregnant women should get the Tdap for each pregnancy in the third trimester (27 weeks or later).
Is the Tdap a Vaccine for Children (VFC) vaccine?
Yes. Children eligible for the VFC program will receive Tdap for free, however, the $16 administrative fee per vaccine still applies.
For more information on the VFC program, visit the CDC Vaccine For Children webpage.
Where can I get more information?
Visit the Pertussis webpage for more information. For more information on the Tdap vaccine contact your physician or the Southern Nevada Health District, Immunization Clinic at (702) 759-0850 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated on: January 2, 2019