Everyone should have a tetanus/diphtheria booster shot every 10 years. Once in an adult lifetime that shot should also contain pertussis vaccine.
- Tetanus is a severe infection that is not contagious but can be fatal if untreated. It is caused by bacteria which is found virtually
everywhere and can enter the bloodstream through a wound.
- Diphtheria is a contagious disease that spreads through direct contact with an infected person, usually via coughing or sneezing. Like tetanus, it can be fatal if untreated.
- Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells, vomiting and disturbed sleep. It is especially important for people expecting to have close contact with an infant to receive their booster.
Unfortunately, too many adults forget their booster vaccinations and let their protection “run out.”