What is the DTaP vaccine good for?

What does the DTaP vaccine cover?

DTaP is a vaccine that helps children younger than age 7 develop immunity to three deadly diseases caused by bacteria: diphtheria, tetanus, and whooping cough (pertussis). Tdap is a booster immunization given at age 11 that offers continued protection from those diseases for adolescents and adults.

Who is DTaP recommended for?

Routine Vaccination of Infants, Children, Adolescents, Pregnant Women, and Adults. CDC recommends diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis vaccination across the lifespan. Children younger than 7 years of age receive DTaP or DT, while older children and adults receive Tdap and Td.

Which infections does the DTaP vaccine help protect against?

Two vaccines in the United States help prevent whooping cough: DTaP and Tdap. These vaccines also provide protection against tetanus and diphtheria. Children younger than 7 years old get DTaP, while older children, teens, and adults get Tdap.

How often should you get a Tdap shot?

ALL adults who did not get Tdap vaccine as an adolescent should get one dose of this vaccine. Once they have had this dose, a Td or Tdap booster shot should be given every 10 years.

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How soon after Tdap can I be around baby?

All adults and adolescents at least 11 years old who have not previously received a Tdap vaccination, should be vaccinated at least 2 weeks before coming into close contact with a newborn. This includes, for example, fathers, siblings, grandparents, caregivers, and healthcare professionals.

What is the difference between DPT and DTaP?

DTaP produces fewer side effects and is a safer version of an older vaccine called DTP, which is no longer used in the United States. Tdap vaccine is licensed for people 10 years through 64 years of age. Tdap contains a lower concentration of diphtheria and pertussis toxoids than DTaP. Tdap is given at 11-12 years.

How often do Grandparents need Tdap?

A single shot of Tdap is recommended in place of your next Td (tetanus, diphtheria) booster, which is given every 10 years.

How long is DTaP good for?

Studies estimate that diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccines protect nearly all people (95 in 100) for approximately 10 years. Protection decreases over time, so adults need to get a Td or Tdap booster shot every 10 years to stay protected.

Is it OK to get Tdap twice?

Studies looked at the safety of giving multiple Tdap doses because there is a theoretical risk for severe local reactions (called hypersensitivity) if the tetanus component of the vaccine is given too often.

Is DTaP a virus or bacteria?

Pertussis, a respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough, is a very contagious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Bordetella pertussis.

What is the immunization schedule for DTaP?

The routine schedule for administering DTaP to children is a 3-dose series at age 2, 4, and 6 months, followed by boosters at age 15–18 months and 4–6 years. The first booster may be given at age 12–15 months as long as there is an interval of at least 6 months from the preceding dose.

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Is DTaP safe?

DTaP, DT, Td, and Tdap vaccines are safe and effective at preventing diphtheria and tetanus. DTaP and Tdap vaccine are safe and effective at preventing diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. Vaccines, like any medicine, can have side effects. The most common side effects are usually mild and go away on their own.