When we think of immunizations, we often think of young children receiving timed doses of inoculations to protect them against preventable diseases. However, there are many situations in which adults may receive vaccinations as well. A common vaccination that is administered to adults is that of the Tdap immunization.
What does Tdap stand for?
The immunization Tdap is an acronym for “”tetanus and diphtheria toxoids with acellular pertussis.” This immunization is administered to protect patients against harmful conditions including tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough).
When should an adult receive Tdap immunizations?
Many patients who visit Premier OB/GYN looking to update vaccinations may want to ask their doctor about the benefit of being immunized against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis as an adult. The Center for Disease Control, or CDC, recommends that adults over the age of 19 may benefit from this vaccine if they have never had it. This is especially true for:
- New mothers who have not been immunized with Tdap in the past
- Healthcare workers who are in contact with patients daily
- Caregivers of children under the age of 1
- Pregnant women in the third trimester to help protect their unborn baby as well
- Individuals who have traveled to countries where pertussis is still common
Do I need the vaccine as an adult?
The best way to know for sure if you need the Tdap vaccination is to request a consultation appointment with our team at Premier OB/GYN. We encourage you to bring any medical records, including immunization records of previous vaccines that you have received. This can help us determine if you are in need for the Tdap injection.
Discuss the need for Tdap immunization with our team today
Our various doctors at Premier OB/GYN understand the importance of a healthy body, and obtaining the best vaccinations to help maintain that. We welcome women in the Bradenton, Florida area who are concerned about keeping their immunizations up to date to call our office at (941) 745-5115 to schedule a consultation visit with our team. We are conveniently located at 5323 4th Avenue and encourage patients to work with us to keep vaccinations current and ensure overall health.