Td & Tdap Vaccines in Miami-Dade

Pertussis (Whooping Cough)

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that causes severe coughing spells that can last for weeks. The condition spreads easily from person to person through coughing, sneezing, and breathing. Pertussis symptoms include low fever, sneezing, vomiting, runny nose, excessive coughing, and high-pitched breathing followed by a “whooping” sound. Left untreated, pertussis can lead to pneumonia and be life-threatening.

While people of any age can get pertussis, infants are especially at risk of severe complications. That’s why it’s important that pregnant women and anyone who will be in close contact with a baby are up to date on their vaccinations. A Tdap (tetatus, diphtheria & pertussis) vaccine will provide protection against pertussis, along with tetanus and diphtheria.


Diphtheria is an acute bacterial infection that commonly affects the upper respiratory tract. The condition is spread from person to person by a simple cough or sneeze or by touching a contaminated object. Diphtheria symptoms include thick, gray coating on the throat and tonsils, swollen glands in the neck, sore throat, chills, trouble breathing, and fever. Left untreated, diphtheria can be life-threatening.

It’s recommended that all children between the ages of 11 to 18 be vaccinated against diphtheria with the Tdap vaccine. Ten years after receiving the Tdap vaccine, it’s important to receive a booster dose of Td (tetanus and diphtheria) vaccine because protection weakens over time. If you or your child are behind on vaccinations, getting immunized will ensure you and your family are protected.

Most Common Questions

Do I need an appointment to receive a Td or Tdap vaccination?

No, you can walk in to any UHealth Jackson Urgent Care center without an appointment to receive a Td or Tdap vaccination. Click here to view the hours for an urgent care center near you. Our urgent cares are located in Country Walk, Cutler Bay, Doral, Keystone Point, and North Dade.

What is the difference between Td and Tdap?

Tdap is a combination vaccine that protects against three potentially life-threatening bacterial diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). Td is a booster vaccine for tetanus and diphtheria, typically given every 10 years.

Who should receive a Td or Tdap vaccination?

Individuals aged 11 to 18 years should receive a single dose of the Tdap vaccine. For continued protection, either Td or Tdap can then be administered every 10 years throughout life. If you have never received a Tdap vaccine or are pregnant, it’s recommended that you get vaccinated as soon as you can.

Does getting a Td or Tdap vaccination hurt?

Pain at the injection site is a common side effect from receiving the Td or Tdap vaccine. If pain or swelling causes discomfort, you can take an over-the-counter pain medication such as ibuprofen to help.

Do I need to speak to a physician before receiving a Td or Tdap vaccination?

Speak with a physician before having a Td or Tdap vaccination if you are allergic to eggs, experienced an allergic reaction to a Td or Tdap vaccine in the past, are currently feeling ill or feverish.

How much does getting a Td or Tdap vaccination cost?

If you have insurance, your Td or Tdap vaccination may be covered by your insurance plan. You may have to pay a copay and/or a deductible. If you don’t have insurance, click here to view the price to see a doctor and the additional fee for a Td or Tdap vaccination.

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