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Adult immunization schedule question. are all adults of any age now supposed to get tdap?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Most should get this: Tdap is recommend for adults of any age who will be in contact with babies and children-particularly babies younger than 12 months. Additionally, pregnant women and adults who may be exposed to pertussis through their occupation (helathcare etc) should get protected. People who have sensitivities to components of the vaccine should discuss their options with their doctor.
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
Remind billing people that it is covered under Medicare part D, NOT B. Contact carrier to determine how to have it billed; otherwise you'll pay for it all yourself.
Jun 22, 2012
Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 29 years experience
Yes: Having pertussis (whooping cough) doesn't grant lasting protection & neither does the childhood shot. Unvaccinated babies, especially under age of 2 months, have no protection. It's not transmitted from mom. Adults carry the disease and put all babies at risk unless vaccinated. Pertussis is an annoying 3 month cough in grown-ups but deadly to infants. They can literally cough themselves to death.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Some estimate that 70% of whooping cough cases are spread from underimmunized adults to kids. Babies died in la last year from pertussis. In canada, the pertussis rate dramatically dropped when adults received the tdap booster. Do it.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine 57 years experience
ONLY ONCE: Tdap is given only once in your life time and after that you are adviced to get td booster every 10 years
Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
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The one exception to the "just once rule" is pregnant women. Pregnant women should get Tdap with each pregnancy so that their babies will be born with some immunity against pertussis.
Apr 7, 2015

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