Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
The Td vaccine protects against tetanus and diphtheria.
This vaccine is given to adults if they can’t have diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (dTap) vaccine.
Talk your health care provider if you can’t have a dTap vaccine and you:
Let your healthcare provider know if you weren’t immunized as a baby or are pregnant. You may need more than just the Td vaccine.
If you are up to date with your tetanus and diphtheria immunizations, you need a booster of Td every 10 years. This is important to keep you protected against tetanus and diphtheria.
Yes, the diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (dTap) vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough). You get this vaccine in Grade 9. You should also get a booster dose of dTap vaccine every 10 years and each time you’re pregnant.
In most cases, adults will get a dTap vaccine (not the Td vaccine) to protect them against tetanus and diphtheria.
If you get all of the recommended doses (primary series and booster dose), the protection for diphtheria and tetanus is almost 100%.
It’s important to get booster doses for tetanus and diphtheria because this protection may weaken over time.
You can get the vaccine at a public health office in your area.
There can be side effects from the Td vaccine, but they tend to be mild and go away in a few days. Side effects may include:
It’s important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after your vaccine. Some people may have a rare but serious allergic reaction called anaphylaxis. If anaphylaxis happens, you will get medicine to treat the symptoms.
It’s rare to have a serious side effect. Call Health Link at 811 to report any serious or unusual side effects.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
Check with your doctor or public health nurse before you get the vaccine.
You can still have the vaccine if you have a mild illness such as a cold or fever. Always tell your healthcare provider if you have allergies or if you have had a side effect from a vaccine in the past.
What is tetanus? Tetanus is a bacterial infection that causes uncontrolled movements (spasms) in the muscles of the jaw and other muscles of the body. Tetanus bacteria are common in dirt, manure (animal stool), and human stool. They can get into the body through a cut on the skin or an animal bite. Tetanus can cause:
Getting tetanus is rare because there has been a vaccine since the 1940s. Most people have been immunized against it.
Go to the
tetanus page on MyHealth.Alberta.ca to find out more.
What is diphtheria? Diphtheria is a nose and throat infection caused by bacteria. It’s spread by coughing, sneezing, or close contact with an infected person. It can cause trouble breathing or swallowing, heart failure, and
One out of 10 people who get diphtheria will die.
Current as of: January 1, 2021
Author: Provincial Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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