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Get your shots
Get a yearly flu vaccine? Great. Now add a TDaP booster. TDaP stands for tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussisand that last disease, also known as whooping cough, is a particularly dangerous respiratory illness. In fact, cases of pertussis in the U.S. have risen about 137% since 2000.
"For most adults, that means a nasty cough; in children, it can be worse," says Ana Pantoja, MD, staff physician for AltaMed in Boyle Heights, California. "So if you have kids or are around kids, it's essential to get vaccinated." Even if you got the shot as a child, you still need one booster as a grown-up. (You'll also need a tetanus booster every 10 years.)
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