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Tdap Vaccine:

Protect Babies From Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus and Diphtheria

Mom and Baby

The Anne Arundel County Department of Health offers Tdap vaccine for County residents ages 10 and older in close contact with a baby, including mothers, fathers, grandparents and other family members and day care providers. The vaccine is also recommended for pregnant women during the third or late second trimester of each pregnancy (after 20 weeks of gestation).

The Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis) vaccine protects against:

    • Tetanus.  Also known as lockjaw, tetanus affects the nervous system. It is spread by tetanus bacteria entering the body through cuts or wounds, with a survival rate of only 50 percent.
    • Diphtheria.  This disease is spread by bacteria that affect the nose, throat or skin. Although rare in the U.S., large outbreaks of diphtheria recently occurred in Asia.
    • Pertussis or Whooping Cough. This highly contagious respiratory disease affects adults and children. Though the disease may be milder in older persons, adults are often the source of infection for young children, including infants, who are at higher risk for pertussis-associated complications, including death.

Dad and Baby

Protecting yourself against these diseases helps to protect babies who are too young to be fully vaccinated.


  Call an area health center for an appointment:
Parole Health Center
1950 Drew Street
Annapolis, MD 21401
Glen Burnie Health Center
416 A Street, S.W.
Glen Burnie, MD 21061

Helpful Resources:
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