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Roy Benaroch, MD posted:
A great site for vaccine information. It's set up as a blog, with weekly stories, and it's not as technical or comprehensive as some other sites-- but it's very well-written, and covers topics that you probably haven't thought of before.
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Chel8883 responded:
My son, 16, received his booster DTAP booster vaccine within the past year or two. I do not have access - I have been trying - to this record in his medical history because he got the booster when with his father (an 8 hour drive from me). In the event I am not able to get these records, will getting another DTAP booster be harmful to my son?
Roy Benaroch, MD replied to Chel8883's response:
The names can be confusing, but I think you mean that your 16 y/o received a dose of Tdap-- that's the version of tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis vaccine for age 7 and up. Younger children get the DTaP. They look similar, but they're different.

Getting an extra dose of Tdap booster is unlikely to be harmful, but you may have other ways of getting access to his record. In many states, vaccine records are kept in a central registry (in my state, Georgia, it's called "GRITS.") Any medical provider in the state should be able to pull your son's records and see what vaccines he's had (assuming your state has one of these registries.)

Also, insurance carriers keep track of vaccine claims. They should be able to tell if they were billed for a Tdap vaccine.

I think it would be a good idea to try as hard as you can to see if he really needs that dose before giving him a potential extra one. The extra one would be unlikely to be risky, but it's best to know for sure.
Chel8883 replied to Roy Benaroch, MD's response:
Thank you so much! I asked the school to try the registry and they found his records. My son thanks you too! ; )

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