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Things You Should Know About TDAP Vaccination


TDAP vaccination is given to children who are 11 to 12 years old. It is in fact a booster dose for DTaP vaccination. Read on to learn more about the importance of TDAP vaccination.

One of the most important vaccines which each one of us should get is the TDAP vaccine. It is one combined vaccination which helps to protect a person from three very severe bacterial diseases, i.e. tetanus, diphtheria and Pertusis, which is commonly known as whooping cough. However, you should never get confused between the DTaP and the TDAP vaccinations.

TDAP basically is a booster for the DTaP vaccination for a person belonging to the age group of 11-64. The injection shot is given on the arm or on the thigh and it is highly recommended for the children between the ages of 11 and 12 years.


Who Should Get the TDAP Vaccine

  • All the mothers who need to take care of their newborns who have already received their TDAP vaccine.
  • Adults who need to handle infants constantly.
  • Doctors and other health care experts who need to be present in front of different patients and specimens on a regular basis.
  • The children who did not receive the DTaP vaccine in their childhood.
  • The children between the age group of 11 and 12 years need to take the TDAP vaccine as a booster as they have already received the DTaP vaccine in their childhood.
  • After consulting an obstetrician, pregnant women need to take a shot of TDAP vaccine as it will protect them from getting any kind of infections, especially whooping cough.
  • Any children or adult who have got a deep cut somewhere in their body should get a TD or TDAP vaccine in order to protect themselves from tetanus infections.


Who Should Never Get this Vaccine?

  • A person who have received a similar vaccine before and suffered from infections or allergies. 
  • A person who went into coma or seizures in the past within a week of getting a DTaP or DTP vaccination.
  • People suffering from CNS (Central Nervous System) related issues.
  • A person suffering from fever, cold or any such ailments.


Side Effects!

The most common side effect of a TDAP vaccination is that the vaccinated person will get a swelling at the shot site with pain. Some people also complain about getting allergic reactions at the vaccine spot. Along with this, the person can get:

  • Body aches and rashes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting and nausea

However, these will generally last for a few days only.


Is TDAP Vaccine Safe during Pregnancy?

According to the doctors, TDAP vaccination is safe for the pregnant women. It should be taken only after consulting an obstetrician. It was introduced in the year 2005 and there is no such studies till now which can show that pregnant women are vulnerable to have problems due to this vaccination. In fact, if a would-be mom gets a TDAP vaccine, it will simply assure her that her baby is protected from getting whooping cough or Pertusis after birth. She can also pass on the antibodies which will protect her baby from catching any kind of virus or bacteria from others after birth. It is highly advised by the CDC that a mother should get the vaccine before leaving the hospital as it is safe during breastfeeding as well. It takes around a month to form the antibodies which will protect the mother as well as the child from the whooping cough.


Other Necessary Precautions for Your Child!

Apart from getting your child vaccinated with TDAP, you need to make sure that every other member in your family is vaccinated as well. Also, you need to keep your kid away from people having cough and other such illnesses. Wash your hands properly before holding your baby and also tell others to do the same.

Prevention is better than cure and hence, you need to make sure that you are doing your bit to safeguard your little one from the bacteria and viruses moving freely around us. Following the common safety measures will keep you and your child away from any of such deadly diseases.

What is TDAP vaccination? Is it important to give TDAP vaccination to children? What to do if TDAP vaccination is missed? Discuss here.

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