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Tetanus vaccine, Tdap or Td? Which one do I need?

If anyone can offer advice it would be appreciated. I have my vaccine record and it says:

Tdap Tetanus/Diphtheria toxoids and accellular pertussis (Tdap) ages 7+
Tetanus/Diptheria 0.5cc IM given in the left arm on 05/22/2006.

I showed this record to my Doctor and was told I was not overdue for Tdap but I'm due again for it, then every 10 years I would get a Td shot. Why do I need another Tdap shot again if I've already had one in 2006?

I thought you only got the Tdap once and then Td booster every 10 years?

From webmd:
Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Td, Tdap) Vaccine Schedule

How it is given: As a single injection that offers protection against all three diseases.

How often/when to get it: One-time Tdap vaccination followed by Td booster every 10 years.

Who should get it? Adults up to age 64 who have not previously had a Tdap vaccination in place of Td and adults age 65 and older who have not previously received Tdap and have or anticipate having close contact with an infant less than 12 months of age. All adults should receive subsequent Td boosters. Also, pregnant women are advised to receive the Tdap vaccine, preferably between 27 and 36 weeks' gestation, with each pregnancy.
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Hi there,
Adults between 19-64 years should receive a single dose of Tdap to replace a single dose of Td for booster immunization if their most recent tetanus toxoid containing vaccine was 10 years or more years earlier. This duration of 10 years can be shortened in people in people who have not received tdap previously adults who anticipate close contact with less than a 12 month old .Td vaccine should be administered every 10 years. It is best that you clarify your doubt with your doctor and discuss your concerns. Seeking second opinion will be helpful if you are not satisfied with your doctor. Keep me posted.
Best luck and regards!
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1666982 tn?1445201995
The pertussis shot gave me a bad reaction of temporary paralysis when I was a baby so I haven't had one since. I have had a tetanus booster in 2004 and that lasts 10 years.
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