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The DTaP vac­cine for diph­the­ria, tetanus and per­tus­sis is typ­i­cally given in five doses to chil­dren un­der age 7.

Tdap is a dif­fer­ent vac­cine for those same diseases, typ­i­cally given once at age 11-12, or to any­one older who hasn’t re­ceived the shot.

This vac­ci­na­tion “is es­pe­cially im­por­tant for health care pro­fes­sion­als and any­one hav­ing close con­tact with a baby younger than 12 months,” as in­fants can suf­fer se­ri­ous and life­long com­pli­ca­tions if they con­tract per­tus­sis, ac­cord­ing to the U.S. Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion.

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