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Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis)

Protect against whooping cough

Learn how to prepare for your visit, how to get the most out of it and about any care restrictions here.

The Tdap vaccine protects against three bacterial illnesses: tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Pertussis is commonly referred to as whooping cough. Tdap is recommended as a booster for adolescents 11—12 year olds and for adults who are in contact with infants and also for pregnant women.

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What to know before your visit

Patients must be 19 years or older in Connecticut.

Patients with the following may be directed to another health care provider:

  • History of allergy or adverse reactions to the vaccine

What to expect at your visit

  1. Sign in at the electronic kiosk to see a nurse practitioner or physician assistant.* No appointment necessary.
  2. Review the Vaccine Information Sheet.
  3. After a thorough review, your practitioner will administer the vaccine.
  4. At the end of your visit, your practitioner will provide you with a summary, a receipt and educational material.
  5. The summary of your visit can be sent to your primary care provider with your permission.
  6. Your practitioner will recommend that you remain in the clinic waiting area for 20 minutes to ensure you have no adverse reactions. Practitioners are trained to respond to anaphylactic reactions.

*MinuteClinic® employs physician assistants in MN, NC, NV and TX.

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