Tetanus is a disease caused by the clostridium tetani bacteria. Today, there are four main vaccines that can be used to protect you from tetanus; these vaccines include:
- Diphtheria and tetanus (DT)
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP)
- Tetanus and diphtheria (Td)
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap)
The CDC recommends that all people receive a tetanus vaccination. For children who are younger than 7 years old, Dr. may recommend the DTaP and DT vaccines, whereas older children and adults often receive the Tdap and Td vaccines.
Depending on how old you are when you receive your tetanus vaccines, you may require multiple doses. Babies and young children will require three doses. Preteens and teenagers require only one dose, as do adults. If you are pregnant, we may recommend receiving it during your third trimester to help protect your child from whooping cough during the first few months after their birth.
Please feel free to talk with our doctor about any questions or concerns you may have. Our team can help you know which type of vaccination is right for you, and we can administer your tetanus vaccine in New York, New York, with the greatest care possible.