A 28-year-old female asked:
what's the difference in td and tdap? we were vaccinated for whooping cough 2yrs ago. does that count as a tetanus shot too or have i misunderstood?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Angela Walker answered
41 years experience Addiction Medicine
Whooping cough: Tadp contains vaccine against whooping cough. You are protected since receiving the shot 2 years ago. You are also protected against tetanus.
Answered on Aug 24, 2013
Dr. Peri Suzan Gunay answered
34 years experience Pediatrics
Tdap: Tdap contains both tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis), so yes that does count as a tetanus shot. Close household contacts of young infants should receive tdap to protect them from whooping cough, which can be deadly. Also pregnant woman should receive a dose with each pregnancy. Tetanus shots protect against tetanus for clean cuts for 10 yrs, for "dirty" (rusty or dirty wounds) 5 yrs.
Answered on Dec 1, 2014
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