Tdap Vaccine Program
Immunizations aren't just for kids!
Do you want to help protect your community from preventable diseases that have lasting impacts on infants, children, and families?
We're here to help!
Cochise Health & Social Services has partnered with Americares and Sanofi Pastuer to deliver a Tdap vaccination to all qualified adults in Cochise County. If you are a parent, grandparent, child care provider, public health worker, or in any other field/job that has regular contact with children and infants we strongly encourage you to visit one of our clinics located around the County to get your vaccination.
No appointment is needed. Please be prepared to complete the required paperwork upon arrival.
|Benson||(520) 586-8200||Tuesdays, 8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m. & 1:00p.m. - 4:00p.m.|
|Bisbee||(520) 432-9400||Mondays, 8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.|
|Douglas||(520) 805-5600||Tuesdays, 8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.|
|Sierra Vista||(520) 803-3900||Tuesdays, 8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.|
|Willcox||(520) 384-7100||Mondays, 8:00a.m. – 11:00a.m.|
CDC (Centers for Disease Control) Recommendations
- All adults should get a booster dose of Td every 10 years.
- Adults under 65 who have never gotten Tdap should substitute it for the next booster dose.
- Adults under 65 who expect to have close contact with an infant younger than 12 months of age (including women who may become pregnant) should get a dose of Tdap. Waiting at least 2 years since the last dose of Td is suggested, but not required.
- Healthcare workers under 65 who have direct patient contact in hospitals or clinics should get a dose of Tdap. A 2-year interval since the last Td is suggested, but not required.
- New mothers who have never gotten Tdap should get a dose as soon as possible after delivery. If vaccination is needed during pregnancy, Td is usually preferred over Tdap.
About the Tdap Vaccine
The Tdap vaccine is a combination vaccine for Tetnus, Diptheria, and Pertussis. Each of these contagious diseases is described below.
- Tetanus (lockjaw) causes painful muscle spasms, usually all over the body. It can lead to tightening of the jaw muscles so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus kills about 1 out of 5 people who are infected. The tetanus bacteria are transmitted after the victim sustains cuts, scratches or wounds especially from metal objects.
- Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure and/or death. The bacterium is transmitted through respiratory droplets (cough or sneeze) of an infected person or by contaminated objects or foods (such as contaminated milk).
- Pertussis (whooping cough) causes severe coughing spells, vomiting and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and fainting. Up to 2 in 100 adolescents and 5 in 100 adults are hospitalized or have complications like pneumonia. Infants with incomplete pertussis vaccinations are also at risk of catching the disease from adults who have not been immunized.