What is DTaP / Tdap?
The DTaP and Tdap are combination vaccines used to protect against three different disease-causing bacteria: Diphtheria, Tetanus, and acellular Pertussis. Diphtheria and Pertussis are highly contagious, spreading from person to person while Tetanus enters the body through cuts or wounds.
How to Prevent Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis?
Vaccination is the most effective method to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis. The DTaP vaccine is routinely administered to infants and young children as part of the recommended immunization schedule while Tdap is used for adults. Additional precautions such as practicing good hygiene like frequent hand washing and avoiding close contact with diagnosed individuals will help limit infections.
Is DTaP Vaccine Necessary?
DTaP is a part of routine childhood vaccinations, but immunity weans with time and anyone who has not received a dose in the last 10 years, would benefit from a booster. One adult dose of Tdap is usually recommended, followed by subsequent boosters of Td.
- DTaP (for younger children)
- Tdap (for adolescents and adults)
- Td (for adolescents and adults)
Your Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional will review your medical history, vaccination records, and itinerary for different combination vaccines against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (e.g., Tdap and Td) to ensure full protection against these potentially life-threatening diseases while abroad.
To find out if your destination(s) is a high risk area or requires the DTaP / Tdap / Td vaccine, consult a Rockdoc Travel Medicine Professional here.
We have made every effort to ensure the accuracy and reliability of the provided information, however, it is not feasible for us to update daily. Please book a virtual consultation with one of our Travel Medicine Professionals for current, personalized advice and answers to any questions you may have.
Are Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Serious Diseases?
The symptoms of these illnesses vary, but often includes:
- Difficulty breathing
Diphtheria can cause more serious problems including:
- Heart failure
- Respiratory failure
Tetanus is caused by bacteria found in soil and animal feces and can cause:
- Painful muscle stiffness
Pertussis, also known as whooping cough due to the distinctive sound when inhaling, can cause:
- Violent coughing fits
- Weight loss
- Rib fractures
Diptheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis can cause serious health complications, especially in children under the age of 5, and can all lead to death if left untreated.
Available travel vaccinations and medications
We offer the following travel vaccinations and medications:
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