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Why should seniors get the tetanus with pertussis (Tdap) vaccine?

Dr. Aruna V. Josyula, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

The tetanus with pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is usually given as a series in childhood, but the effect wears off as people age—putting seniors at risk. Pertussis (whooping cough) can cause spells of coughing that can affect breathing, eating and even sleeping. Further, grandparents, siblings and parents are usually the source of whooping cough in babies, and babies have the highest rates of whooping cough-related deaths.

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