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i am 63 year old male is it okay to have pertusis vaccine given to me twice?

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Dr. Terry Brenneman
Pediatrics 45 years experience
Yes: Worse case scenerio: your arm is a little sorer or perhaps a little swollen, more likely from the diptheria or tetanus part of the vaccine than from the pertussis part of the vaccine.
Dr. Alfredo Garcia
Pediatrics 56 years experience
Current recommendation is for adults to be vaccinated with one Tdap only not two. Td can be given every 5-10 years as needed. Women can get more than one - during each pregnancy.
Dec 17, 2012
Dr. Adam King
Dr. Adam King answered
Internal Medicine and Pediatrics 15 years experience
Yes: Yes, please do. With pertussis on the rise i recommend a tetanus and pertussis booster in the 50s or 60s. Especially if you are around children.
Dr. Terry Brenneman
Pediatrics 45 years experience
The adult pertussis vaccine has been available since 2006. You need a tetanus booster every 10 years or within 5 years if you hav e a high risk would (burn, puncture wound, would needing sutures). Everyone over the age of 10 should get this vaccine, but you don't need two unless you meet the above criteria. And then, it is consdiered off label, so talk to your MD
Dec 16, 2012

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