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A 37-year-old female asked:

Haven't had immunizations since childhood. am 36 now. should i get a tetatnus booster? is it safe or even necessary to get after so long?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Safe-yes / depends: The safety and effectiveness of vaccines, specifically the TdaP booster you should get soon is wonderful.If you want to avoid life threatening problems like tetanus and diphtheria, they are a relative bargain.The pertussis part is more a public health issue,it would likely only cause you a bad bronchitis (the 100 days cough) but you could unknowingly spread it to an infant who could die from it.

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Last updated Mar 8, 2019

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