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Image of For Primary-care Providers: The current standard of care intends to help prevent the spread of pertussis to infants by immunizing adults and adolescents with Tdap vaccine Image of Primary-care provider and adolescent patient

It is estimated that up to 3.3 million cases of pertussis occur each year in adults and adolescents.2 Although pertussis can be serious for adults, infants are the most vulnerable.9 In fact family members, especially parents, are the primary source of pertussis transmission to vulnerable infants.3 Despite CDCb recommendations, only 8% of adults reported receiving Tdap vaccination from 2005 through 2010.23

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Follow these suggestions for easy implementation of routine Tdap immunization in your practice

Make Tdap status a routine part of your screening process

  • Add Tdap vaccination status to paper or electronic medical record (EMR) and/or vitals checklist
  • Add a question to intake form asking patients if they have contact with an infant under 12 months of age
  • Ask the receptionist or nurse to inquire about Tdap immunization status
  • Use chart stickers to easily keep track of each patient's immunization status

Use educational opportunities to help streamline your in-office Tdap discussions with patients

Additional ideas to optimize your immunization efforts

  • Use WellConnect® to contact all parents of children under 12 months of age
  • Add information about Tdap to your office's "on-hold" message
  • Host an immunization clinic to reach a large number of patients in your community
  • Offer Tdap immunization when you administer influenza vaccine
  • Ensure members of your staff are immunized with Tdap vaccine

More than 20 major medical societies support the CDC recommendations10-13


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The spirit of the current recommendation is to significantly increase the number of immunized family members around vulnerable infants.4 You can help prevent the spread of pertussis to vulnerable infants by routinely immunizing all eligible adult and adolescent patients 11 through 64 years of age with Adacel vaccine.

a Tdap = Tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis.
b CDC = Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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