Tetanus, a potentially serious bacterial infection, is caused by the clostridium tetani bacteria. Fortunately, there are several effective vaccines available today to safeguard individuals from this ailment. These vaccines include:

  • Diphtheria and tetanus (DT)
  • Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTaP)
  • Tetanus and diphtheria (Td)
  • Tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (Tdap)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) strongly recommends tetanus vaccinations for everyone. Depending on your age, different vaccine combinations may be recommended. For children under seven years old, Dr. John Abroon may suggest the DTaP and DT vaccines. Older children and adults, on the other hand, typically receive the Tdap and Td vaccines.

The number of doses required depends on the age at which you receive the tetanus vaccines. Babies and young children typically require three doses, while preteens, teenagers and adults usually need just one dose. If you are pregnant, receiving the vaccine during your third trimester is advisable to protect your child from developing whooping cough during their early months.

If you have any questions or concerns about tetanus vaccinations in New York, New York, our dedicated team is here to assist you. Our internist can provide detailed information about the different types of vaccinations available and help you determine which one is most suitable for you. Call us today at 212-288-0900 to schedule an appointment!