Older adults and diabetics, who are at higher risk for tetanus, should carefully review their history of tetanus immunization and receive Td or Tdap if they have not had a booster vaccine in the last 10 years. Any adult who has recovered from tetanus (lockjaw) disease should receive Tdap or Td.
Tetanus is an infection caused by Clostridium tetani bacteria, which is also referred to as lockjaw. There are four kinds of vaccines used today to protect against tetanus, all of which are combined with vaccines for other diseases.
Feb 24, 2015 · Another vaccine, called Td, protects against tetanus and diphtheria, but not pertussis. A Td booster should be given every 10 years. Tdap may be given as one of these boosters if you have never gotten Tdap before. Tdap may also be given after a severe cut or burn to prevent tetanus infection.
For adults, a tetanus booster every 10 years ensures protection against tetanus; the new Tdap booster provides protection not only against tetanus, but also against diphtheria and pertussis. Because of the rise in US pertussis cases, some people should not wait 10 years to get their Tdap booster.