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INFORMATION FOR WOMEN ABOUT TETANUS, DIPHTHERIA AND PERTUSSIS (TDAP) VACCINE DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What is the Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccine?

Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis (Tdap) vaccine is a shot that is given to prime the immune system to defend the individual against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis, all of which are diseases caused by bacteria. The Tdap vaccine consists of three components. Two of these components are the tetanus and diphtheria toxoids. A toxoid is a chemical that is similar enough to particular toxins to stimulate an immune reaction, but not similar enough to produce toxic effects. The third component of the Tdap vaccine consists of dead cells of Bordetella pertussis, the bacterial species that causes the Pertussis disease (whooping cough).


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