Post # 1
Hello Bees –
Quick Question. Have any of you had your DTaP boostered? I know the CDC now recommends that adults have it boostered, because the immunity from the childhood vaccine wears off once you hit your twenties. Now that I’m hearing so much about whooping cough being on the rise, I want to get my booster ASAP. (I’m due for a another tetnus shot anyways, so I figured the timing was perfect!)
But, I haven’t gotten any vaccines in about 10 years. Can I just call my GP and set up a regular wellness visit, or should I tell them specifically that I’m coming in for a vaccine? This might seem silly, but I want to make sure they have the shot on hand before I waste a day off.
Has anyone received a DTaP booster as an adult? I know they are getting more stringent in asking new moms to get one before they leave the hospital.
Post # 3
Yes you can set up an appointment for your TDaP. Make sure you say TDaP as DTaP is for children.
Post # 4
Being a nurse, I have to get one every 6 years.
Post # 5
I got Tdap about 3 years ago. I started working at a hospital, so it was required. (Along with tetnus, flu, and voluntary Hep-A. And I had to have my vaccination records and/or get titered for Hep-B, MMR, chickenpox.)
I would think they would have the vaccine on-hand, but no harm in calling to double-check.
Post # 6
I got one in the summer. The correct term is TDaP, though. It wasn’t that painful, but my doctor makes you stay for about 20 minutes in case you feel faint. I thought it was pretty funny.
Also, mention that you’re coming in for the vaccine. That way they’re prepared.
Post # 7
@Tswife4ever: Now I’m so glad I asked, so I don’t sound like an idiot when I call to make an appointment! lol