What are tetanus, diphtheria,
and pertussis?

  • Tetanus (lockjaw)ts a serious disease that causes painful muscle tightening and stiffness, usually all over the body.
  • Diphtheria is. a serious disease that can cause a t hick coating to form in the back of the throat leading t o breathing problems, paralysis, and death.
  • Pertussis (Whooping Cough) is a serious disease that causes severe coughing spells leading to difficulty breathing, vomiting, and trouble sleeping.

How do you get tetanus,
diphtheria, and pertussis?

Bacteria cause these diseases. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person through secretions from coughing or sneezing. Tetanus enters t he body through cuts, scratches, or wounds.

Why get vaccinated?

Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are very serious diseases that can be prevented through vaccination.

What do you need to know about the
tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis
– vaccines?

There are two vaccines: Tdap and Td. The Tdap vaccine provides protection against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Tdap is typically given at age 11 or 12. Individuals who did not get Tdap at that age should get it as soon as possible. Tdap vaccination is very important for healthcare professionals and anyone having close contact with babies <12 months. Pregnant women should receive Tdap during every pregnancy. The Td vaccine protects against tetanus and diphtheria, but not pertussis. A Td booster should be given every 10 years.

How can you learn more?

  • Please feel free to speak with one of our pharmacists
  •  Contact the Centers for Disease Control and Prevent ion (CDC):
    o Call 1-800-232-4636 (1-800-CDC-INFO) or
    o Visit CDC’s website at http://www.cdc.gov