Tetanus (DTaP, Tdap, Td)
Schedule: All children should get 5 doses of DTaP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis) vaccine, beginning when they are 2 months old. If your child misses a dose or gets behind schedule, make sure they get the next dose as soon as possible. Older children, teens, and adults should receive Tdap vaccine and after that, a Td booster dose every 10 years. Consult your healthcare provider if you have a deep or dirty wound.
Tetanus is an infection caused by bacteria called Clostridium tetani. When the bacteria invade the body, they produce a poison (toxin) that causes painful muscle contractions. Another name for tetanus is “lockjaw”. It often causes a person’s neck and jaw muscles to lock, making it hard to open the mouth or swallow. CDC recommends vaccines for infants, children, teens, and adults to prevent tetanus.
CDC provides information and resources on Tetanus vaccines.
Information for clinicians
American Academy of Pediatrics provides information about the disease, immunization, and resources for parents.
Vaccines.gov provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan.
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides questions and answers about Tetanus from the Vaccine Education Center.