Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis) Vaccine in Singapore

Protect Yourself with the Tdap Vaccine

The Tdap vaccine is essential for preventing three potentially life-threatening diseases: tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (whooping cough). This combination vaccine is crucial for both children and adults, ensuring long-term protection against these serious infections.


What is the Tdap Vaccine?

The Tdap vaccine provides immunity against:

  • Tetanus: Also known as lockjaw, tetanus causes painful muscle stiffness and spasms, primarily affecting the jaw and neck. It is caused by the toxin produced by the Clostridium tetani bacteria, which enters the body through cuts or wounds.
  • Diphtheria: A bacterial infection affecting the mucous membranes of the throat and nose, diphtheria can cause breathing difficulties, heart failure, paralysis, and even death.
  • Pertussis: Commonly known as whooping cough, pertussis is a highly contagious respiratory disease characterized by severe coughing fits. It can be particularly dangerous for infants and young children​ (HealthHub)​​ (Raffles Health)​.


Who Should Get the Tdap Vaccine?

The Tdap vaccine is recommended for:

  • Children: As part of the National Childhood Immunisation Schedule (NCIS) in Singapore, children should receive a series of doses at 2, 4, and 6 months of age, followed by booster doses at 18 months and 10-11 years.
  • Adults: Adults who have never received the Tdap vaccine should get a dose, especially if they are in close contact with infants. A booster is recommended every 10 years.
  • Pregnant Women: To protect newborns from pertussis, a Tdap dose is recommended during the third trimester of each pregnancy​ (HealthHub)​​​​ (Ministry of Health)​.


Vaccination Schedule

  • Children: Three primary doses at 2, 4, and 6 months, with boosters at 18 months and 10-11 years.
  • Adults: A single dose if not previously vaccinated, followed by a booster every 10 years.
  • Pregnant Women: One dose during the third trimester of each pregnancy​ (HealthHub)​​ (Ministry of Health)​.


Side Effects and Precautions

Common side effects include:

  • Pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site
  • Mild fever
  • Headache
  • Fatigue

Severe allergic reactions are rare but can include symptoms such as difficulty breathing, swelling of the face or throat, and a widespread rash. Always inform your healthcare provider of any allergies or previous adverse reactions to vaccines before receiving the Tdap vaccine​ (HealthHub)​​

How Much Does The Tdap Vaccine Cost?


Vaccine Price per dose
Boostrix $80

Prices are as of Apr 2024 and may be subjected to GST.
Prices subject to change without prior notice.

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