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Choose Adacel vaccine to continue to make an impact.

By choosing Adacel vaccine, your daily immunization efforts reach beyond the walls of your office to help mothers and families who could not otherwise afford tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination.
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Image of carousel - What a wonderful program for those in need. Not only will this help with their personal health, it contributes to our... health as well. We were lucky enough to be considered and I have already distributed 2 doses [of Adacel vaccine], one [of which was] to a man with a new baby, [who] is attending college with no insurance. Thank you so very much for providing us with the information regarding the G.I.F.T. program." - Julie W.
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Image of carousel - When I first heard about the Adacel donation, it seemed too good to be true! Today, I can attest that the G.I.F.T. program ... an incredible donation program that has allowed The Saban Free Clinic to offer Adacel vaccine to all eligible patients, many of whom would have otherwise not been vaccinated. Although children vaccines through State programs are readily available, the acquisition of adult vaccines is far more challenging for community clinics. Each year, I knew that we were not able to purchase enough vaccines for our adult population. [And] when ACIP recommendations of expanded use of Tdap to adults came out in October 2010, I knew that the Clinic would not be able to purchase (enough) Tdap for its adult patients.

I have always felt that there is very little I can do, as a doctor, that has the same magnitude of benefit for my patients as aggressively promoting recommended immunizations. Not only does it protect them from potentially deadly illnesses, but it prevents transmission of these infections in their families and communities. When the pertussis epidemic circulated in Southern California in 2010-11, it was a particular relief to know that my patients—and by extension their contacts—were effectively protected against this disease because I had a consistent supply of vaccine that I'd been able to routinely administer. So often in medicine we are reacting—responding to conditions that are too often far advanced. With the Tdap vaccine, we were able to prevent the fire from spreading in advance. And that was a joy.

When you care for the most vulnerable patients, you don't necessarily have the resources to embark into a complicated process. This should be looked at as 'Best Practices for vaccine donation.' Sometimes donation programs come with complicated requirements that prevent clinics from participating and thus prevent patients from benefiting from needed products. That was not the case with [Adacel's] G.I.F.T. program. It was truly designed with the patients' best interest at heart." - Jehni R.
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...the effects of pertussis and the benefits of vaccination. Many of [our] clients report having received [the Tdap vaccine] in the postpartum period, however their partners and household members remain unvaccinated. [In one recent example], we were able to [administer Adacel] vaccine [to a mother, father, and a grandmother] as a result of the G.I.F.T. program."- Wanda
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 Image of carousel - The Gallatin County Health Department was delighted to say that they received 500[Tdap] doses.  They found the G.I.F.T....
...program to be extremely helpful to their uninsured and underinsured population. They made Tdap certificates to hand out to those in need. And they [contacted] the Missouri health department through their web site and twitter posts. The Missouri Health Department then indicated that they would like to use the same Tdap certificates that the Gallatin Health Department designed, and that they, too, would be applying for Adacel doses." - Tami C.
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Image of carousel - Westside's staff has embraced the program, and has discussed it with hospitals, public health and other health centers...
...Because we deal with an underserved population, adults often ignore or delay risks to their own health, so pertussis protection in our patient population is important. Patients have welcomed the awareness of a disease that can place children at risk, and we have gained the trust of many patients by being able to help with the G.I.F.T. [program]. The ability to give them protection without cost has been well received." - Michelle L.
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Image of carousel - Pertussis protection is very important for adult patients, in that it [helps protect] them and those around them from...
...getting this disease. Most importantly, it provides protection for young infants who can become very ill or die from this dreadful disease. The program is wonderful in that it helps those who cannot afford medications or vaccinations. Our patients are very appreciative of anything we can offer them for improving or maintaining their health especially with the current economic situation." - Natalie S.
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Image of carousel - I have a close friend that recently become ill with flu like symptoms and a cough.  Her son had a brand new baby...
...and they visited that baby prior to them being sick. The baby wound up in the hospital and almost lost his life from pertussis. Later, my friend (the grandma) was tested and she did indeed have pertussis, also. This could have been prevented if they had the Tdap [vaccine]. They do not have insurance and could not afford any vaccines at that time. Because of this incident and many others [like it, it is] very important for everyone to get this vaccine. [The G.I.F.T. program] helps [people receive] the Tdap vaccine when otherwise they could not afford [it]." - Pauline H.
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...the opportunity to apply for and receive the donation of free Tdap vaccine for our underinsured population. Since the inception of the program four months ago, we have given over 400 [Adacel] Tdap immunizations to individuals in our community who have no insurance, have newborn infants, and are grandparents of new infants and to those adult individuals who have never been boosted with pertussis. Thank you again for allowing our health department's participation [in partnering] with AmeriCares, to provide our community with such a wonderful gift" - Susan H.
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Image of carousel - [The G.I.F.T. program] is truly a gift to parents and grandparents [who] are extremely appreciative.  This is... excellent opportunity to [help] decrease the incidence of pertussis disease in adults, thereby [helping to decrease] the likelihood of its transmission to babies who are not fully immunized against pertussis. We work with 4 birthing hospitals in the metropolitan New Orleans area and we inform all new Moms about the vaccine availability. We also inform new Moms who bring their babies to the mobile unit." - Charmaine A.
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Image of carousel - The G.I.F.T. program is critical to help protect our community from pertussis disease.  We have seen cases in our area...
...and the potential for an outbreak is great. We live in communities with many young families and we know protecting the adults nearest them will help prevent disease. We really appreciate having [Adacel] vaccine available from the G.I.F.T. program and being able to offer it to those who need it." - Susan B. and Lynn C.
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Adacel - Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Absorbed -- One shot.  Big impact



Adacel vaccine is indicated for active booster immunization for the prevention of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis as a single dose in persons 10 through 64 years of age.

Safety Information

The most common local and systemic adverse reactions to Adacel vaccine include injection site pain, erythema, and swelling; headache, body ache, tiredness, and fever. Other adverse reactions may occur. A severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of Adacel vaccine or any other tetanus toxoid, diphtheria toxoid or pertussis-containing vaccine, or to any component, or encephalopathy within 7 days of a previous dose of a pertussis-containing vaccine, is a contraindication.

The decision to give Adacel vaccine should be based on the potential benefits and risks; especially if Guillain-Barré syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of a prior vaccine containing tetanus toxoid; if progressive or unstable neurologic disorders exist; or if adverse events have occurred in temporal relation to receipt of pertussis-containing vaccine. Persons who experienced Arthus-type hypersensitivity reactions following a prior dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine should not receive Adacel vaccine less than 10 years since the last dose of tetanus toxoid-containing vaccine. The tip caps of the prefilled syringes may contain natural rubber latex, which may cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive individuals. Vaccination with Adacel vaccine may not protect all individuals.

Before administering Adacel vaccine, please click here to read full Prescribing Information.

Adacel vaccine is manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur Limited and distributed by Sanofi Pasteur Inc.

To order Adacel vaccine, log onto® or call 1-800-VACCINE (1-800-822-2463).

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a Sanofi Pasteur Inc. Data on file (Adacel vaccine G.I.F.T. donated doses, September 15, 2010 through April 2, 2013), April 8, 2013. MKT25979-1.