Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis – Tdap

Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis – Tdap


Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis (Tdap) Vaccine Information Sheet (VIS)


What is Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis?

Children who are under the age of six are vaccinated against these three diseases. However, older children, adults, and adolescents also need protection from these diseases.

  • Tetanus: Commonly referred to as lockjaw can result in painful muscle spasms all over a person’s body.
  • Diphtheria Creates a thick covering at the back part of the throat.
  • Pertussis: Commonly called whooping cough causes a bad cough, disturbed sleep and vomiting.

Who needs the Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis vaccination? When?

Commonly referred to as Tdap, the vaccines is given to children routinely when they are seen at the doctor’s office. However, if a child misses a dose, they should have another vaccination. Also, adults who are under 65 need to receive the Tdap vaccination. Anyone in contact with babies also needs this vaccination, since these diseases can be deadly to the very young.

What are the risks of the Tetanus-Diptheria-Pertussis vaccine?

Some of the most common side effects of the Tdap vaccination include pain at the injection site, swelling or redness, a mild fever, headache, tiredness, nausea and body aches. However, the risk of a reaction is very rare. If the reaction is worse than this, then contacting a doctor right away is essential.

How can I learn more about the Tetanus-Diphtheria-Pertussis vaccine?

Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.