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People with HIV are at greater risk for infections. You can help protect your health by ensuring that your vaccinations for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) are up to date. What does it involve? Most people receive a Tdap vaccination at age 11 or 12. Booster vaccines (called a Td shot) for tetanus and diphtheria may be necessary approximately every 10 years. Ask your doctor about getting a Tdap or Td shot.

Very rarely, someone has a severe allergic reaction to the Tdap vaccination. Your shoulder or arm may feel sore for a day or two after receiving a Tdap shot. You may experience itching or swelling at the site of the injection. Some people experience mild flu-like symptoms for a day or two after receiving a Tdap shot. Symptoms may include headache, muscle pain, fever, and skin rash.

For more details about this treatment, visit:

HIV Infection and Adult Vaccination – Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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