Skip directly to search Skip directly to A to Z list Skip directly to site content Skip directly to page options
CDC Home

Diphtheria

 doctor examining a child

Diphtheria is an infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae. Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat. It can lead to difficulty breathing, heart failure, paralysis, and even death. Vaccines are recommended for infants, children, teens and adults to prevent diphtheria.


Diphtheria Topics

woman sneezingAbout Diphtheria Disease

Causes and transmission, symptoms, complications, diagnosis and treatment, prevention, photos…

getting a vaccineVaccination

Information on diphtheria vaccines…

Portrait of a doctor with a stethoscope For Clinicians

Forms and worksheets, diphtheria presentation and management…

LaboratoryLaboratory

Reference lab, resources...

line graphSurveillance

Diphtheria trends, case definitions, reporting…

Diphtheria and the Alaskan IditarodDiphtheria Antitoxin (DAT)

CDC is authorized to distribute diphtheria antitoxin (DAT)...

stack of booksPublications

Publications on diphtheria and Corynebacterium diphtheriae

Diphtheria Vaccination

Diphtheria Vaccines: What You Need to Know
This one-page CDC vaccine information statement explains who should get DTaP vaccine and when.

Diphtheria Vaccine Basics
Offers comprehensive information about diphtheria vaccines and other educational tools.

Vaccine Safety
As with all vaccines, there can be minor reactions, including pain and redness at the injection site, headache, fatigue or a vague feeling of discomfort.

Diphtheria Vaccine Recommendations
Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP)

More

Diphtheria for Kids

Diphtheria character

Diphtheria is a poisonous, toxic infector. When diphtheria strikes, its bacteria swarm and multiply…

More.

Diphtheria Photos


Photos of the bacterium that causes diphtheria and images of patients.Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria

More

 

Images and logos on this website which are trademarked/copyrighted or used with permission of the trademark/copyright or logo holder are not in the public domain. These images and logos have been licensed for or used with permission in the materials provided on this website. The materials in the form presented on this website may be used without seeking further permission. Any other use of trademarked/copyrighted images or logos requires permission from the trademark/copyright holder...more

External Web Site Policy This graphic notice means that you are leaving an HHS Web site. For more information, please see the Exit Notification and Disclaimer policy.

 
Contact Us:
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    1600 Clifton Rd
    Atlanta, GA 30333
  • 800-CDC-INFO
    (800-232-4636)
    TTY: (888) 232-6348
    Contact CDC-INFO
USA.gov: The U.S. Government's Official Web PortalDepartment of Health and Human Services
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention   1600 Clifton Road Atlanta, GA 30329-4027, USA
800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636) TTY: (888) 232-6348 - Contact CDC–INFO
A-Z Index
  1. A
  2. B
  3. C
  4. D
  5. E
  6. F
  7. G
  8. H
  9. I
  10. J
  11. K
  12. L
  13. M
  14. N
  15. O
  16. P
  17. Q
  18. R
  19. S
  20. T
  21. U
  22. V
  23. W
  24. X
  25. Y
  26. Z
  27. #