As you've probably read in another thread, I've been debating the tetanus vax for my 4 year old. She goes fishing a lot and is outside a lot and I'm paranoid about a rusty, dirty fish hook, stepping on something at home or school, etc. It's the one disease that gives me anxiety right now. So, I know now that if i get her the vax now, I'd have to pretty much give her 4 dtaps. BUT, I've been reading a few of the vaccine catch up schedules and some of them say if you're not "up to date" at 7, you can get a one time does of Tdap. Is that right? I really don't want to give her 4 vaccines, but I would be much more likely to be ok with just giving her one vaccine at age 7. If she's had NOTHING, would she really only need one dose of Tdap? It sounds a little too good to be true, and I kinda think that maybe I'm misreading because some of the wording on some of the catch up schedules is a little confusing to me. Thanks for all of your help! :)
The CDC's catch up schedule for starting at age 7 or older is one dose of Tdap and two doses of Td. If you don't want the pertussis portion, it would be three doses of Td.
To ease your anxiety, did you know there are only about 30 cases of tetanus in the U.S. per year? Most are in people over 40 and heroin users.
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