When should adults get a booster shot for pertussis (whooping cough)?

Adults 19 years of age and older who didn't get Tdap as a preteen or teen should get one dose of Tdap. Getting vaccinated with Tdap at least two weeks before coming into close contact with an infant is especially important for families with and caregivers of new infants.

Adults get Tdap in place of one of their regular tetanus boosters—the Td shot that is recommended for adults every 10 years. However, the dose of Tdap can be given no matter when the last Tdap shot was received. Pregnant women are recommended a dose of Tdap during each pregnancy. It's a good idea for adults to talk to a healthcare provider about what's best for their specific situation.

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