Do you have a Child Entering 6th Grade?
Appointments for the Tdap vaccination are available at both Health Department locations, 1100 E. Wendover Avenue, Greensboro and 501 E. Green Drive, High Point.
For an appointment at either location, call 641-3245. Spanish speakers who wish to secure an appointment at the High Point location should call 641-4591. Ask about cost when you call. The Tdap vaccination is also available at the child’s pediatrician’s office.
Please bring your child’s shot record and insurance card, if any to the clinic of your choice.
Tdap vaccine can protect adolescents and adults against three serious diseases. Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis are all caused by bacteria. Diphtheria and pertussis are spread from person to person. Tetanus enters the body through cuts, scratches, or wounds. Tetanus, also known as Lockjaw, causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body. It can lead to “locking” of the jaw so the victim cannot open his mouth or swallow. Tetanus leads to death in up to 2 cases out of 10. Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death. Pertussis, also known as Whooping Cough, causes severe coughing spells, vomiting, and disturbed sleep. It can lead to weight loss, incontinence, rib fractures and passing out from violent coughing, pneumonia, and hospitalization due to complications.
For more information about Tdap or any childhood immunization, contact Guilford County Department of Public Health.
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