A 21-year-old member asked:
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when adolescents and adults are scheduled for their routine tetanus and diphtheria booster, should they get vaccinated with td or tdap?

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Dr. Scott Katz
25 years experience Pediatrics
Tdap, Usually: Unless there is a specific reason not to vaccinate against pertussis (whooping cough) such as a previous allergic reaction, tdap is preferred. Currently, people 65 and older can receive a dose of tdap, with boosters of td every 10 years.
Answered on Nov 21, 2012
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Dr. Donald Alves
23 years experience Emergency Medicine
Depends: Pertussis is making a comeback and the adults are the no-longer-immune reservoir. So if no tdap in a long time, get tdap. If had one w/in 15yrs, then td ok. No harm in going w/tdap and may help protect the "herd.".
Answered on Mar 15, 2013
Dr. Jay Park
Dr. Jay Park answered
49 years experience Pediatrics
Should be Tdap: We have experience a big surge in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in recent years. We have also realized the immunity provided by acellular pertussis vaccine wears off in 5 years. Adolescents and adults including pregnant mothers certainly need to get tdap.
Answered on Dec 30, 2016
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