If you had the tdap shot in grade 9 does that mean you are...

Question: 

If you had the tdap shot in grade 9 does that mean you are currently vaccinated for pertussis or can you get the shot again as an adult? I have an updated tetanus/dip shot

Answer: 

A booster dose of the pertussis vaccine is recommended for adults who were immunized in childhood but is not provided for free in BC.  The booster dose strengthens or boosts the immune system to give better protection against disease.

The pertussis vaccine is combined with the tetanus and diphtheria vaccine.  The tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (Tdap) vaccine can be purchased at some pharmacies and travel clinics.