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Adult immunization schedule question. Are all adults of any age now supposed to get tdap?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Most should get this

Tdap is recommend for adults of any age who will be in contact with babies and children-particularly babies younger than 12 months.
Additionally, pregnant women and adults who may be exposed to pertussis through their occupation (helathcare etc) should get protected. People who have sensitivities to components of the vaccine should discuss their options with their doctor.

In brief: Most should get this

Tdap is recommend for adults of any age who will be in contact with babies and children-particularly babies younger than 12 months.
Additionally, pregnant women and adults who may be exposed to pertussis through their occupation (helathcare etc) should get protected. People who have sensitivities to components of the vaccine should discuss their options with their doctor.
Dr. Sarah Kohl
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Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Remind billing people that it is covered under Medicare part D, NOT B. Contact carrier to determine how to have it billed; otherwise you'll pay for it all yourself.
Dr. Yash Khanna
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: ONLY ONCE

Tdap is given only once in your life time and after that you are adviced to get td booster every 10 years

In brief: ONLY ONCE

Tdap is given only once in your life time and after that you are adviced to get td booster every 10 years
Dr. Yash Khanna
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Dr. Anne Phelan-adams
The one exception to the "just once rule" is pregnant women. Pregnant women should get Tdap with each pregnancy so that their babies will be born with some immunity against pertussis.
Dr. Mark Diamond
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes

Some estimate that 70% of whooping cough cases are spread from underimmunized adults to kids.
Babies died in la last year from pertussis. In canada, the pertussis rate dramatically dropped when adults received the tdap booster. Do it.

In brief: Yes

Some estimate that 70% of whooping cough cases are spread from underimmunized adults to kids.
Babies died in la last year from pertussis. In canada, the pertussis rate dramatically dropped when adults received the tdap booster. Do it.
Dr. Mark Diamond
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Dr. Cory Annis
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics

In brief: Yes

Having pertussis (whooping cough) doesn't grant lasting protection & neither does the childhood shot.
Unvaccinated babies, especially under age of 2 months, have no protection. It's not transmitted from mom. Adults carry the disease and put all babies at risk unless vaccinated. Pertussis is an annoying 3 month cough in grown-ups but deadly to infants. They can literally cough themselves to death.

In brief: Yes

Having pertussis (whooping cough) doesn't grant lasting protection & neither does the childhood shot.
Unvaccinated babies, especially under age of 2 months, have no protection. It's not transmitted from mom. Adults carry the disease and put all babies at risk unless vaccinated. Pertussis is an annoying 3 month cough in grown-ups but deadly to infants. They can literally cough themselves to death.
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