My child had a Td vaccine last year after stepping on a nail. Do they need to get the Tdap vaccine in grade nine?

Question: 

My child had a Td vaccine last year after stepping on a nail. Do they need to get the Tdap vaccine in grade nine?

Answer: 

In BC, the Tetanus-Diphtheria-Acellular Pertussis (Tdap) is offered to grade nine students. Check your child's vaccination record to see which vaccine they received last year: Td or Tdap. The nurse providing the vaccine will also review the type of vaccine given and whether another dose is needed.

 

If they received Td only, Tdap is recommended for pertussis (whooping cough) protection. There is no minimum interval (timing) between a dose of Td and Tdap when Tdap is given for pertussis protection.

 

If you have further questions, speak with a public health nurse at your local health unit

 

 

Date last reviewed: 
Sunday, May 15, 2022