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

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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Could tdap (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) shots cause pain for over a week?

It can cause pain. Injections can cause local hematomas, or "bruises" to the muscle. This happens especially if a person or child tenses the muscle during an injection. After an injection, it is best to use cool compresses to the area for the first 24 hours - then change to warm compresses (not too hot!). Also, gentle massage to the area helps resolve the swelling. . Read more...

As infant, my son had reaction to dpt, so was given only dt. Now 28, he is told he can't have tetanus shot bcause it will contain pertussis. True?

Not true. there is an adult tetanus vaccine that does not contain pertussis. Maybe the person who told him that doesn't have it, but it's available. His local health department can provide it. . Read more...
Maybe. Td may be going away completely and pertussis outbreaks have been increasing, so many Doctor's offices may only carry Tdap. Read more...
Possibly. This depends on what his reaction to the DPT was.If it was a mild reaction,further DPT's may not have been given. Recommendations have changed,though,so if it was a mild reaction,a Tdap may be safe for him now.Also, the pertussis portion of the Tdap is different from the pertussis portion of the DPT given to him as an infant.He may want to consider getting an infectious disease specialist consult. Read more...
Needs evaluation. If he is 28, he would have had a reaction to the old whole cell pertussis vaccine that was in use until the early 90's. It had so many side effects we never gave it after age 6. The present acellular pertussis vaccine has few if any side effects and is given at almost any age. The older dT or T are often not carried by many clinics because the adult TdaP has some benefits & is given in their place. Read more...