November 18, 2009

Pertussis and Tetanus

I'm sure everyone must know this but me, but I thought I'd pass it along as a public service anyway.  After a bad cold and a couple of rounds of antibiotics last spring, I felt fine but had a nasty cough all summer.  I spoke to my doctor yesterday and she asked me when I had my last tetanus shot.  I couldn't remember and the doc said I likely had Pertussis (Whooping Cough).  Turns out, grownups are supposed to get a tetanus shot called Tdap every ten years, which also prevents against whooping cough.

Note:  The Tdap booster is especially recommended for any adults under age 65 who will be around or caring for babies.

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