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Dr. Kimberly Fortner
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Tdap Vaccine (Overview)

Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine.


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Can you tell me if i've had the dtap vaccine, do I need the tdap vaccine?

Can you tell me if i've had the dtap vaccine, do I need the tdap vaccine?

You received DTap?: DTap is given up to those under age 7 years and first licensed for use in July 1996 ( you would have been too old I think) Tdap is used at age 11 years & above. Both vaccines contain inactivated forms of Diphtheria, Tetanus, & Pertussis (Whooping Cough). Tdap has smaller dose of the diphtheria & pertussis portion of the vaccine. Booster every 10 years important to maintain immunity. ...Read more

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Dr. Kimberly Fortner
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Tdap Vaccine (Overview)

Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis vaccine.


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Is it safe to get the tdap vaccine while pregnant?

Is it safe to get the tdap vaccine while pregnant?

Yes: Yes. TDap is safe in pregnancy and is recommended to be given to all pregnant women between 27 and 36 weeks. It most importantly protects from Pertussis, or the "whooping cough" and allows for transfer of antibodies from you to your baby through the placenta and then through breastfeeding. This is important as your baby cannot get fully vaccinated in the first few months of life. ...Read more

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After getting the tdap vaccine, i drank 3-4 margaritas. I woke up with the worst hangover ever. Pain at injection site, stomach, headache. Related?

After getting the tdap vaccine, i drank 3-4 margaritas. I woke up with the worst hangover ever.  Pain at injection site, stomach, headache. Related?

Unrelated: The pain at the injection site is due to the vaccine and should resolve in 24-48 hours. You have a hangover from the chemical impurities in the tequila in the margaritas, and this too should pass. Hope you had a good time while drinking. If the headache persists too long, then consider seeing a doctor. ...Read more

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How long is the tdap vaccine effective for?

How long is the tdap vaccine effective for?

EFFECTIVE 10 YEARS: It is recommended a booster be given every ten years, as first tdap is given at age of 11, to children who have completed primary vaccination ate age four with five doses of dtap, that is three doses in first year, one in second year after age 15 months, fifth at or after age 4 years. Only exception is if there is a dirty cut after 5 years than a booster of tetanus toxoid or combined tdap may be given. ...Read more

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If you had 5 doses of DTP vaccines when you were a child, when's your next tdap vaccine?

If you had 5 doses of DTP vaccines when you were a child, when's your next tdap vaccine?

Tdap vaccine: Tdap is recommended at 11years of age, and after that every 10 years. ...Read more

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Is getting tdap vaccine twice bad?

Is getting tdap vaccine twice bad?

No: Our instincts suggest your immune system may react more vigorously and give you a more tender arm but recent studies suggest that is not the case. Thus, while not needed, the upshot is getting two doses of tdap is not harmful not even more painful--just unnecessary. ...Read more

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When do u get a tdap vaccine shot?

When do u get a tdap vaccine shot?

Tdap shots: Tdap shots are routinely given at age of 11 years, but can be given as early as age 7, for children who missed a dose of dtap vaccine.Adults over age of 19, should get a dose of tdap and booster every 10 years.. ...Read more

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What age should you get a tdap vaccine?

What age should you get a tdap vaccine?

AT 11 YEARS AGE AND : First dose of tdap is recommended at age of 11 years, and booster every 10 years. ...Read more

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How much time does the tdap vaccine last?

10 YEARS: If one has had primary vaccination with Dtap pediatric in the first 4 to 6 years Tdap is given at age of 11 years or in 6ht grade and will last for 10 years and recommended a booster every 10 years But those who did not get the pediatric DTap vaccine given in firsr 4to6 years need to complete the initial series to be fully protected ...Read more

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Dr. Mark Diamond
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Vaccinations (Definition)

Latin word for cow, vacca, because of the smallpox/cowpox work of edward jenner, vaccination is the administration of a substance, live organism or otherwise, that stimulates the immune response to prevent a specific disease. Primarily a preventative procedure, some vaccines can ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond
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Immunization (Definition)

The body is artificially exposed to a dead or weakened organism of a type able to cause disease. The body fights the organism and learns to protect itself, so disease will not develop if exposed to ...Read more