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Prevention of Diphtheria

Written by Dr. Sangamithra, MBBS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Apr 08, 2016
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Prevention of Diphtheria

Diphtheria can be prevented with a safe and effective vaccine. Most people receive their first dose as children in the form of a combined vaccine called DTP (diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis). A child should have received four DTP shots by 18 months of age, with a booster shot at age 4 years to 6 years. After that, diphtheria and tetanus boosters should be given every 10 years to provide continued protection.

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Although most children tolerate it well, the vaccine sometimes causes mild side effects such as:

  • Soreness
  • Redness or swelling at the injection site
  • Slight fever
  • Allergic reaction
  • Sometimes a neurological condition.

The latest version of DTP vaccine is known as the DTP vaccine.

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