Tdap Immunization of Adults

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Tdap Immunization of Adults

26-Jul-2017

Thank you for ordering Td and Tdap vaccine. This serves as a reminder of the provision of Tetanus containing vaccine for adults.

Effective April 1, 2011, all adults in Saskatchewan became eligible to receive one dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) vaccine if the person has not previously received it in adulthood (18 years of age and older). There is no upper age limit to receive Tdap vaccine.

It is recommended that Tdap vaccine replaces one dose of Td (Tetanus, Diphtheria) when given to adults routinely or for Tetanus prophylaxis in wound management. While a 10-year interval (5 to 10 years for wound management) is recommended for the routine adult booster, there is no minimum interval from the last Td when Tdap is recommended.

Pregnant women who have not received a Pertussis containing vaccine in adulthood (≥ 18 years of age) should be offered Tdap at or after 26 weeks gestation. New mothers are also offered Tdap vaccine in hospital before discharge if they did not receive it in pregnancy. Other adult contacts of infant’s ≤ 6 months of age are also eligible and encouraged to receive Tdap vaccine. Adolescents and adults who have not received a booster vaccination are at risk of infection and are often the source of infection in infants.

Tdap vaccine is available from the Public Health Office who also provides Td and Pneumo 23 to the following facilities: physician offices, acute care and other primary health care agencies.

You are required to report all Tdap immunizations provided to you by the Regional Health Authority as per the reporting process developed for Td and other vaccines.

For more information about adult immunization and schedules go to:

Saskatchewan Immunization Manual - https://www.ehealthsask.ca/services/Manuals/Pages/SIM.aspx

Vaccine Fact Sheets - http://www.saskatchewan.ca/residents/health/accessing-health-care-services/immunization-services#immunization-forms-and-fact-sheets

Canadian Immunization Guide - https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/publications/healthy-living/canadian-immunization-guide-part-4-active-vaccines.html

RQHR Website - http://www.rqhealth.ca/department/adult-immunization/adult-immunization

Contact your local Public Health Office if you require more information or to order vaccine.

Submitted by:  Dr. Tania Diener, Medical Health Officer