A diphtheria and tetanus (Td) vaccine protects people against diphtheria and tetanus (lockjaw). You need a Td shot every 10 years to help prevent these diseases, which can be fatal.
You may also need a Td booster if you get a puncture wound or dirty cut. A booster is another dose of the vaccine.
A booster called Tdap (or Dtap) is given to teens. Tdap (Dtap) includes the vaccine against pertussis (whooping cough). All teens and adults who never had Tdap or Dtap also need one dose of this vaccine.
Common side effects of Td vaccination include soreness in the arm where you got the shot and a mild fever. These usually occur within 3 days of the shot and last a short time.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:
Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:
Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if you have any problems.
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Current as of: November 10, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
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