Are you wondering that whether you should get the DTaP and Tdap vaccines for your kids or not? Have you forgotten that whether your kids have got the vaccination or not. Well, here we have a simple guideline that will help you with the decision-making process.
What is DTaP and When Does a Patient Need it?
Children are initially given what is known as the “DTaP vaccine” to protect them from tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis infections. A total of five doses are given to children starting at the age of 2 months, then at 4 months, 6 months, 15-18 months, and lastly at 4-6 years of age.
Tdap, WHEN DOES A PATIENT NEED IT?
A tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster vaccine is recommended for all adults after every 10 years following DTaP immunization, for life. But because pertussis is also becoming more common among adults due to the fading immunity of pertussis over time, the adult patient should get one Tdap vaccine in place of their next Td booster, then continue with the Td booster every 10 years as recommended. The Tdap vaccine contains the same components as the DTaP vaccine, just at lower concentrations. If an adult has not received any of the childhood diphtheria-tetanus vaccines, he should be given a series of three Td vaccines, one of which includes pertussis (Tdap).
Tetanus is an infection caused by toxins released by Clostridium tetani bacteria. These bacteria live in the soil and are also natural inhabitants of the gastrointestinal tract of many animals. When the bacteria infect a person’s wound, it can multiply and make toxins that attack the nerves that control the muscles.
Diphtheria is sickness caused by the bacteria, Corynebacterium diphtheria. These bacteria is transmitted through the air via respiratory droplets and can enter a person’s mouth and nose. Once it enters it can multiply and infect the throat and cause airway obstruction. It can even release toxins into the bloodstream, which can lead to heart arrhythmias and brain and nerve damage.
Also known as the “whooping cough”, pertussis is a respiratory infection caused by the bacteria, Bordetella pertussis. Initial symptoms are similar to that of a common cold – coughing, sneezing, runny nose, fever, etc. After 1-2 weeks, mucus buildup can clog the airways, causing cough attacks that can end with the characteristic inspiratory “whoop” sound. The cough can last for about 3 months before subsiding, hence the term “100-day cough” that is associated with pertussis.
Why get a DTaP and Tdap
A common question most people have is that why they should get DTaP and Tdap. You should know that the diseases, which this vaccine is covering, are deadly or they can leave an individual disabled for his entire life. That is why getting the vaccination done will give you the peace of mind that your child’s first line of defense is strong against the agents which cause these disease.
As well as it will help to protect you and your child in the future from such dangerous diseases.
You might have been wondering where you can get vaccinated. We have the services you are looking for. You will have to go through a complete examination to find out whether you have been vaccinated before or not and the type of vaccination you need. After that, they will provide you with a complete course to assure that you will get the protection that you need.
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