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When adolescents and adults are scheduled for their routine tetanus and diphtheria booster, should they get vaccinated with td or tdap?
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Dr. Scott Katz
Pediatrics
2 doctors agree
In brief: Tdap, Usually
Unless there is a specific reason not to vaccinate against pertussis (whooping cough) such as a previous allergic reaction, tdap is preferred.
Currently, people 65 and older can receive a dose of tdap, with boosters of td every 10 years.

In brief: Tdap, Usually
Unless there is a specific reason not to vaccinate against pertussis (whooping cough) such as a previous allergic reaction, tdap is preferred.
Currently, people 65 and older can receive a dose of tdap, with boosters of td every 10 years.
Dr. Scott Katz
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Dr. Jay Park
Pediatrics
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Should be Tdap
We have experience a big surge in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in recent years.
We have also realized the immunity provided by acellular pertussis vaccine wears off in 5 years. Adolescents and adults including pregnant mothers certainly need to get tdap.

In brief: Should be Tdap
We have experience a big surge in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in recent years.
We have also realized the immunity provided by acellular pertussis vaccine wears off in 5 years. Adolescents and adults including pregnant mothers certainly need to get tdap.
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Dr. Donald Alves
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Depends
Pertussis is making a comeback and the adults are the no-longer-immune reservoir. So if no tdap in a long time, get tdap.
If had one w/in 15yrs, then td ok. No harm in going w/tdap and may help protect the "herd.".

In brief: Depends
Pertussis is making a comeback and the adults are the no-longer-immune reservoir. So if no tdap in a long time, get tdap.
If had one w/in 15yrs, then td ok. No harm in going w/tdap and may help protect the "herd.".
Dr. Donald Alves
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