DTaP & Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis)
Availability: DTaP (Ages under 11) — MinuteClinic
Tdap (Ages 11 and up) — CVS Pharmacy (age and state restrictions apply) and MinuteClinic
What are tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis?
They are all very serious diseases for children, adolescents and adults. Tetanus (Lockjaw): Bacteria in soil enter through a cut, creating an infection. Sufferers experiences painful tightening of muscles and may be unable to open mouth and swallow. Diphtheria: Highly contagious infection of respiratory tract. Leads to weakness, sore throat, swollen glands. Severe cases can affect the heart. Pertussis (Whooping Cough): Highly contagious infection of respiratory tract. Causes excessive coughing fits. Infants are most at risk for life-threatening complications.
What about the vaccines?
The names DTaP and Tdap are acronyms created from initials of the diseases that they protect against: tetanus (T), diphtheria (D/d) and pertussis (P/p) or whooping cough. The childhood vaccine is called DTaP. The adult and adolescent booster vaccine is called Tdap. Both vaccinate against all 3 conditions.
What does "Most insurance accepted" mean?
It means we accept over 5,000 health plans for vaccinations. Your out-of-pocket cost, if any, will depend on your specific insurance plan.
Who should get vaccinated?
The CDC recommends:
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Who should NOT get vaccinated or should wait?
Talk to your doctor if you:
What about side effects?
A vaccine, like any medicine, is capable of causing serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. Such reactions, however, are very rare. Mild side effects could include soreness, redness, and possibly swelling at the site of the vaccination, as well as mild fever, headache and fatigue.
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Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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