Adacel (Tdap)

Common Brands Actos
Drug Class
Controlled Substance Classification
Not a controlled medication
Generic Status
Lower-cost generic available
Prescription only
Allison Barnes, PharmD
Allison Barnes, PharmD
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Medically reviewed by Allison Barnes, PharmD last update on 20/12/2023


Adacel, or Tdap, stands as a vital shield against tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis. Delivered through injections, this vaccine plays a pivotal role in fortifying public health defenses, particularly among adolescents and adults. Tetanus, originating from contaminated wounds, finds resistance through Adacel, preventing potentially fatal outcomes. 

The vaccine’s efficacy extends to diphtheria, combating respiratory infections with its immunizing prowess. Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, succumbs to Adacel’s preventative measures, contributing to the collective well-being of individuals and communities. As an integral part of vaccination initiatives, Adacel’s overview showcases its significance in safeguarding against these formidable diseases.



Prescription only

Pregnancy & Lactation