How to Protect Yourself, Your Family and Your Community
Getting immunized is the best way to protect yourself, your family and your community from whooping cough.
DTaP and Tdap vaccines both protect against whooping cough and which one you get depends on your age. These vaccines also protect against diphtheria and tetanus.
Birth to 7 Years
Infants and children should receive all 5 doses of the DTaP vaccine by age 7. DTaP is routinely recommended at 2, 4 and 6 months, at 15 through 18 months, and at 4 through 6 years.
7 Years and Older
Tdap is routinely recommended as a single dose for those 11 through 18 years. Any adult 19 or older who has not received a dose of Tdap should get one as soon as possible. The Tdap booster can replace one of the 10 year Td (tetanus and diphtheria) booster doses.
Pregnant women should get a Tdap dose during the third trimester (27–36 weeks) of each pregnancy. By getting the Tdap during pregnancy, a mother can protect her baby against whooping cough even before her baby can get its first DTaP dose.