Tdap is a combination vaccine to protect against three diseases that could all be potentially fatal, Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. It is a booster shot.
The vaccine consists of inactivated bacteria responsible for Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis. The inactivated bacteria is effective in producing antibodies within the body to fight off the diseases if ever contracted
Tdap requires just one dose when the child completes 7 years of age. It is a booster shot and provides immunity against all the three, potentially deadly diseases.
Who is given the Tdap vaccine?
The Tdap vaccine is to be received by all children of the age 7 except for children who are ill at the time. Ill children should wait for the illness to pass over before getting vaccinated against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis
How it works
Since, the vaccine consists of inactivated bacteria, it is unable to cause an infection but is successful in evoking an immunological response against the three diseases. This prevents the individual from ever contracting any one of the three, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis ever again.
Common side effects
There are a couple of side effects to getting the vaccine: fever redness at the site of the shot soreness at the site of the shot fatigue Vomiting