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Td or Tdap? ...that is the Question A tetanus/diphtheria (Td) vaccination booster is recommended every 10 years, and is needed within 5 years if an injury occurs. In 2005, a new vaccine was approved that contains pertussis (whooping cough) in addition to tetanus and diphtheria. This vaccine is called Tdap and is recommended as a one-time booster dose alternative for Td in persons 11-64 years of age. Uses of Tdap: Routine Booster Tdap should be given in place of Td in individuals who received their most recent Td booster >10 years ago. Wound Management or International Travel Tdap should be given in place of Td in individuals who are injured or are traveling and have not had a Td within the last 5 years. Prevention of Pertussis in Infants <12 Months of Age Tdap should be given in place of Td in individuals who have or who anticipate having close contact with an infant <12 months of age who have not had a Td within the last 2 years (for example: parents, women planning to become pregnant and their partners, child care providers, and health care providers). The Student Health Center (SHC) recommends all students receive one dose of Tdap as outlined above. This is a recommendation, not a requirement. Students required to have current tetanus/diphtheria vaccination will meet the requirement with either vaccine (Td or Tdap). Both vaccines are available at SHC. The Td vaccine costs $24 and the Tdap vaccine costs $45. For questions, contact the SHC Prevention Team at 882-4661.
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