Immunization protects you from disease.Get protected, get immunized.
This vaccine is given to adults.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you were not immunized as a baby or are pregnant. You may need more than just a Td booster.
The first time people get immunized for tetanus and diphtheria, 3 doses are usually given over a period of time. This is called the primary series. People usually get this series as babies.
After the primary series, booster doses are needed to keep you protected. Td vaccine is used for adult boosters every 10 years.
A similar vaccine called diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis (dTap) vaccine also protects against pertussis (whooping cough). It should be given instead of Td for one of the adult booster doses and to pregnant women every time they are pregnant.
After the primary series of tetanus and diphtheria vaccine, followed by a booster dose, protection is almost 100% for diphtheria and tetanus.
It is important to get booster doses because protection may weaken over time.
The vaccine is given at a
public health office in your area.
Sometimes Td vaccine is given at your doctor’s office, walk-in clinic, urgent care centre or the emergency department to people at risk for tetanus after an injury or wound.
Reactions to the vaccine are usually mild and go away in a few days. They may include:
It is important to stay at the clinic for 15 minutes after immunization because people can have a rare but serious allergic reaction (anaphylaxis). If anaphylaxis happens, you will be given medicine to treat the symptoms.
Unusual reactions can happen. Call Health Link at 811 to report any unusual reactions.
You may not be able to have the vaccine if you:
You can be immunized if you have a mild illness (e.g., cold), even if you have a fever.
Current as of: December 12, 2019
Author: Immunization Program, Alberta Health Services
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