Many of us may have had a series of vaccinations as youngsters, but do you really know what they offered protection against? One of the series of vaccinations that you may likely have had is called TDaP. The term TDaP stands for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (aka whooping cough) and it is a combo vaccination that will help protect against the three aforementioned potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases.
People who did get this vaccine likely had it initially between the ages of 11 and 12. If you have not had the vaccine, we recommend that you contact us as soon as possible. It should be noted that infants are more at risk of life threatening complications caused by whooping cough. Pregnant mothers can get a single dose for each pregnancy to protect the newborn child against the disease.
The first two of these diseases, diphtheria and pertussis, can be spread from one individual to another via bodily secretions like cough or sneezing. The third of these, tetanus, infects a person via scratches and other wounds on the body. While due to vaccines, tetanus has become more of a rarity, it unfortunately is still commonplace in some places around the world.
Before vaccinations became more widely used, there were around 200,000 annual cases of both diphtheria and pertussis in the United States. During this time, there were also hundreds of tetanus occurrences on a yearly basis. Last year, there were 4 cases of tetanus, 3 cases of diphtheria and 3, 510 cases of pertussis or whooping cough. These are statistics that area readily available via the World Health Organization website.
These diseases can cause a number of issues such as severe coughing spells with pertussis and with diphtheria, you may experience trouble breathing, sleeping or even incontinence at times. Here at Markham Travel Health, we take your wellness very seriously and provide a variety of vaccinations in Greater Toronto Area, including TDaP. Keep in mind that there are many vaccines that require the patient to get boosters either every 5 or every ten years and TDaP is one of them. People particularly at risk for exposure to these diseases include those in healthcare and people who travel.
TDaP protects you against tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis, but there is another vaccine called TD which will only offer you protection against tetanus and diphtheria. If you were to get the TD vaccine, you would still need the booster shot every 5-10 years. It remains though a preventative measure if you run the risk of exposure to the disease called tetanus.
We encourage you to visit our clinic to find out more about how you can take control of your health and how we can aid you in achieving a healthier life! You can also find a wealth of tips and news that is health related on our website. If you have plans to go overseas, there are required and recommended vaccines that will aid you in having a healthier and safer trip no matter where your destination. Not sure what vaccines you might need before going abroad? Visit us and we will help you get the necessary immunizations bases upon the location to which you are travelling.