Tdap Vaccine Side Effects

Tdap is a vaccine that protects against tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (whooping cough). The Federal Food & Drug Administration (FDA) approved Tdap in 1997.

Mild Side Effects of Tdap vaccine

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  • Pain, redness or swelling around the vaccination site
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Rash
  • Swollen glands
  • Headache
  • Joint soreness
  • General aches
  • Fever

Severe Side Effects of Tdap

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The National Institutes of Health recommend one injection of Tdap vaccine for 11- to 12-year-old children and for 19- to 64-year-old adults. They also advise a tetanus-diphtheria, or TD, booster every 10 years following those injections. The Centers for Disease Control cautions that both children and adults face a small risk of mild to life-threatening Tdap side effects.

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The most common of these side effects is pain at the injection site, affecting about 75 percent of children and 67 percent of adults. Fever occurs in 4 percent of children and 1 percent of adults. Swollen glands, rash, joint soreness and body aches are very rare.

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