Yes it is important. Usually these vaccines are given in first and second year and then booster 4to6 years And TDap is given at age of 11 or 12. But if missed at 11or12 then it can be given at 14 years of age.
Depends. If no booster since the 4-5yr visit, the protection for pertussis and tetanus is weakening & boosters for both bring a patient up to a protected level.We do not generally give polio after a 4-5 years of age if the primary series is completed.Poor pertussis immunity leaves you open to the "100 days cough" as a teen or older & spreading the disease to infants.Poor tetanus coverage can let u get it.
Boosters. The tdap given at 11-15 is for tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough (pertussis). The tetanus & diphtheria help you keep protective antibody levels up so you don't get these devastating infections. The pertussis vaccine helps prevent you from getting a 100 day bronchitis cough or being a carrier & giving it to a baby that could die from it. Polio is generally not given at this age unless missed . Read more...