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PO Box 1426
Fort Madison, IA 52627
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Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis Vaccinations

There are four combination vaccines used to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis: DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td.  Two of these (DTaP and DT) are given to children younger than 7 years of age, and two (Tdap and Td) are given to older children and adults.  Children should get five doses of DTaP by the age of 6 years.  Td is a tetanus-diphtheria vaccine given to adolescents and adults as a booster shot every 10 years, or after an exposure to tetanus under some circumstances.  Tdap is similat to TD but also containing protection against pertussis.  Adolescents 11-18 years of age (preferably at age 11-12 years) and adults 19 and older should receive a single dose of Tdap.  Women should receive Tdap during each of their pregnancies.

Tetanus boosters are available at no charge at all the LCHD Immunization clinics for children who qualify for the Vaccines for Children Program, and for a fee for adults.


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Immunization Nurse
Lee County Health Department
2218 Avenue H
Fort Madison, IA 52627

(319)372-5225 or (800)458-6672