Tetanus & Whooping Cough Vaccinations

Whooping Cough Vaccinations

Td (Tetanus) and Tdap (Whooping Cough) Vaccinations in Charlotte, NC

We have most vaccinations ready to go at our walk-in clinic located off Park Rd. near Selwyn Ave.

No appointment needed, just walk right in!

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, has seen fluctuations in reported cases over the decades, with significant peaks and declines reflecting vaccination impacts and outbreak patterns. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the number of reported pertussis cases in the United States dramatically decreased following the introduction of vaccines in the 1940s but began to increase again in the 1980s. For instance, after reaching lows of around 1,000 cases annually in the late 1970s and early 1980s, there was a notable spike in 2012 with 48,277 reported cases. However, more recent statistics show a decrease, with 2,116 reported cases in 2021 (CDC).

The decline in cases from historical highs can be attributed to high whooping cough vaccinations coverage among children. For example, over 95% of children aged 19-35 months have received at least three doses of the DTaP vaccine, which protects against diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis.

Tetanus, unlike pertussis, does not spread from person to person but rather through the environment, typically entering the body through cuts or puncture wounds contaminated with the bacterium Clostridium tetani. The CDC does not list tetanus as endemic in the same manner as pertussis. The focus on vaccination, especially the DTaP vaccine for children and the Tdap booster for adults every 10 years, has been crucial in controlling tetanus. As of the latest statistics, 43.6% of adults reported having received the tetanus shot (Tdap) in the last 10 years (CDC).

The Tdap vaccination, sometimes known as dTap, is an acronym describing the collective vaccines preventing tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis in adolescents and adults. Tdap is a very common vaccination that prevents the spread of common childhood and adolescent diseases like whooping cough and tetanus. The Tdap was licensed in the United States in 2005. Generally speaking, Tdap vaccines are required for some work and travel restrictions, as well as school admissions in North Carolina.

Carolina Express Clinic is equipped to handle most common shots and vaccinations including whooping cough vaccinations in an extremely clean, comfortable and sterile environment.


Tetanus and Whooping Cough Vaccinations for Pregnant Women

General guidelines on prenatal care in the US state that, if there is an urgent need for tetanus protection during pregnancy, a Td vaccine should be administered. If there is not an urgent need and the woman has previously had a tetanus vaccine, Td vaccination should be delayed until the postpartum period. Postpartum women are recommended to receive Tdap prior to discharge after delivery who have not received Td or Tdap vaccine in the last two (2) years. It is recommended by some that pregnant women who have never received tetanus vaccine (i.e., never received DTaP, DTP or DT as child or Td or TT as adult) receive a series of three (3) Td vaccinations starting during pregnancy to ensure protection to the mother and baby from these diseases.

Carolina Express Care Is Here For You

Carolina Express Clinic also performs a variety of administrative physicals, DOT physicals and all sorts of immunizations that may be required for work, travel or school.

Tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough vaccinations are all available Monday-Saturday on a walk-in basis. Minors must be accompanied by an adult or parental guardian and have parental/guardian permission. Our goal is to see you within 10-15 minutes of your arrival.

Visit Carolina Express Clinic today

Carolina Express Clinic is located in South Charlotte off Park Rd. near the intersection with Selwyn Ave. There is a Harris Teeter Express, Penn Station Subs and Portofinos restaurant in the same shopping center.
Contact us for more information, visit us today and sign in/register beforehand for even faster service!