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Alberta Health update on tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine

July 9, 2024
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Adults can now receive vaccine doses in community pharmacies.

Alberta Health has announced that as of July 1, 2024, adults can receive routine doses of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccine from a community pharmacy. In addition, fully immunized adults who present with tetanus-prone wounds can be referred to a pharmacy if only a Tdap booster is required.

However, adults with tetanus-prone wounds, who have an unknown immunization history or incomplete tetanus immunization series, should be referred to Alberta Health Services (AHS) Public Health where tetanus immune globulin (TIG) is available.

All children requiring a tetanus-containing vaccine, either routinely or for wound management, should continue to be referred to AHS Public Health to ensure they receive the age-appropriate tetanus-containing vaccine.

For more information, visit refer to Alberta Health’s Tetanus Post-exposure Prophylaxis in Injury/Wound Management document.