Q&A: 2017 Tdap Guidelines from CDC

Why the update in Tdap requirements at this time?

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) at CDC are constantly working to improve vaccination schedules and improve protection of children and adolescents through vaccination. The 2017 ACIP guidelines are another example of updating and improving the schedule for vaccination.

I just had a Tdap last month when I was 18 years old. Do I need another Tdap shot?

Yes. The ACIP guidelines require all adults aged 19 years or older to receive a Tdap vaccination. UNC requirements include Tdap vaccination and therefore, all UNC HCP who have not had a Tdap as an adult (i.e., at age 19 years or older) will be required to demonstrate receipt of a Tdap vaccine as an adult or receive a Tdap by OHS. 

How can I get the Tdap shot?

Occupational Health Service (OHS) is currently reviewing health care personnel (HCP) Tdap records and will communicate with all HCP who are identified as requiring a Tdap vaccine.

  • You will receive an email identifying you as needing a Tdap and to contact OHS at 984-974-4480 to make an appointment or to drop by OHS clinic.
  • You can drop by OHS on Monday, Wednesday or Friday without an appointment from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.to receive the Tdap vaccine.
  • You can make an appointment by calling OHS at 984-974-4480 on Tuesday or Thursdays from 7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.to receive your Tdap vaccine.

If I received Tdap at <19 years of age, is there a minimum time frame I should wait before receiving a >19 years old vaccine?

Tdap should be administered regardless of when a tetanus or diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccine was last received.