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We offer 15+ vaccines for you and your family,* including:
- Pneumonia (pneumococcal)
- Tdap (Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough)
- And more
Tdap is an acronym created from the initials of the diseases that the vaccine protects against: tetanus (T), diphtheria (d) and acellular (a) pertussis (p) or whooping cough. The Tdap vaccine is for use in adolescents and adults only. A different vaccine, DTaP, is used with infants and children for these conditions.
The Tdap vaccine can help prevent tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). These are all very serious diseases for children, adolescents and adults.
- Tetanus: Patients infected with tetanus often experience a painful tightening of their muscles and may be unable to open their mouth and swallow. They may also experience other symptoms such as seizures, fever, headache and muscle stiffness.
- Diphtheria: An infection often leads to a feeling of weakness, a sore throat, fever and swollen glands. If the toxin gets into the blood stream, it can cause heart, nerve and kidney damage.
- Pertussis (or “whooping cough”): In its early stages, whooping cough appears similar to the common cold. One to two weeks after the first symptoms start, people with whooping cough may develop paroxysms — rapid, violent and uncontrolled coughing fits. These coughing fits usually last 1 to 6 weeks but can last for up to 10 weeks. Coughing fits generally get worse and become more common as the illness continues.
Before receiving a Tdap vaccine, talk to your doctor if you:
- Had an allergic reaction, severe pain or swelling after a previous shot of any vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, or whooping cough, or to a part of the vaccine
- Have any severe, life-threatening allergies
- Had a coma, decreased level of consciousness or prolonged seizures within seven days after a previous shot of any whooping cough vaccine
- Have seizures or another nervous system problem
- Have ever had Guillain-Barré syndrome (also called “GBS”)
- Are moderately to severely ill
- Side effects may include pain, redness or swelling where the shot was given; mild fever; headache; feeling tired; and nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomachache
- As with any medicine, there is a very remote chance of a vaccine causing a severe allergic reaction, other serious injury, or death. Such reactions, however, are very rare.
- If you are experiencing any serious reactions to the vaccine, please seek medical attention