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In a recent Sound Off you said there was no whooping cough vaccine for those older than 7. My question: What is the DPT vaccine if it isn't for diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus? I've always understood that vaccination was protection against all three diseases even though you commonly get it because you need tetanus shot.

The DPT vaccine is the DTaP shot, which is for diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

Children ages 6 and younger receive a DTaP shot, said Kim Ens with the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department.

Ens said that children and people age 7 or older received a Td shot, which is for tetanus and diphtheria. There is no licensed vaccination for pertussis past the age of 7.


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