Tdap is a combination vaccination with three components:
Tetanus - This is a serious disease that causes painful tightening of the muscles through out the body. It can lead to locking of the jaw which can prevent the infected individual from open their mouth or swallowing. Approximately 10% of people who get tetanus will die from it or it’s complications.
Diphtheria - This is a potentially serious respiratory illness caused by a bacteria that leads to sore throat, fever, neck swelling and in some cases airway obstruction requiring intubation, inflammation of the heart muscle, and inflammation of the nerves in the body.
Pertussis - This is a highly contagious respiratory illness commonly known as whooping cough. It can cause violent coughing, shortness of breath and in severe cases it can cause respiratory failure and encephalopathy. 1 in 100 infants who are diagnosed with pertussis will die from this illness or it’s complications (2)
Denver Travel Medicine Clinic does administer Tdap vaccine.