Adacel Information

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Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Accellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed (Tdap)(Adacel®and Boostrix®vaccines)

Adacel®and Boostrix®are vaccines that protects against Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis.

  • Licensed for use for ages 4 years and older.

  • Recommended for adolescents 14-16 years old and one time dose for adults.

  • Given as a 0.5 ml injection in the deltoid muscle (shoulder).

Mild side effects may occur, such as:

  • Redness, pain and/or swelling at the injection site.

  • Tiredness, headache, slight fever, generalized body aches, and/or sore or swollen joints.

  • These side effects are usually mild and only last 1-2 days

Severe side effects are rare.

Abnormal reactions to see a doctor for and report to the Health Unit:

  • Hives

  • Swelling of the face or mouth

  • High fever (over 40°C or 104°F)

  • Wheezing and/or trouble breathing

  • Convulsions or seizures

  • Other serious problems

Allergic reactions such as hives, wheezing, swelling of the face and mouth, difficulty breathing, convulsions or seizures are extremely rare. However, if these symptoms occur, seek medical attention immediately, and contact the North Bay Parry Sound District Health Unit, Vaccine Preventable Diseases

Tetanus

  • Also known as lockjaw.

  • Causes painful, prolonged muscle spasms of the jaw, neck, arms, legs and stomach.

  • Can lead to broken bones, suffocation and/or death.

Diphtheria

  • Is a bacteria that spreads easily from person to person through droplets from the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person (sneezing, talking, or coughing).

  • Causes sore throat, fever, loss of appetite.

  • Makes the underlying tissue in the neck red, swollen and painful.

  • Can lead to breathing problems, difficulty swallowing, pneumonia, brain damage or death.

Pertussis

  • Also known as whooping cough.

  • Cough can last for 6-12 weeks making eating, drinking & sleeping difficult.

  • Can lead to breathing difficulties, pneumonia, brain damage or death.

  • Contagious for 7 days prior to coughing.

  • Spreads easily from person to person through droplets from the mouth, nose and throat of an infected person (through talking, coughing, or sneezing).

North Bay

345 Oak Street West
705-474-1400

Parry Sound

70 Joseph Street Unit #302
705-746-5801

Burk's Falls

17 Copeland Street (by appointment only)
1-800-563-2808