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When should I get the diphtheria, pertussis, and tetanus shot?

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Dr. Randolph Thomas
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In brief: Probably now

If you're like most adults, you probably haven't had a pertussis containing vaccine since childhood.
Up until six years ago, there wasn't a pertussis containing vaccine in the usa recommended for adults. The cdc recommends that all adults through age 64 get a single pertussis containing vaccine (tdap) (includes tetanus and diphtheria). It's also given to those over 65 in contact with infants.

In brief: Probably now

If you're like most adults, you probably haven't had a pertussis containing vaccine since childhood.
Up until six years ago, there wasn't a pertussis containing vaccine in the usa recommended for adults. The cdc recommends that all adults through age 64 get a single pertussis containing vaccine (tdap) (includes tetanus and diphtheria). It's also given to those over 65 in contact with infants.
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