Signs and Symptoms
The formation of a thick gray coating that attaches over the nasal tissues, tonsils, voice box, or throat is a main symptom of diphtheria.
Causes and Transmission
- Diphtheria is a bacterial infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae.
- Diphtheria is spread (transmitted) from person to person, usually through respiratory droplets, like coughing or sneezing.
- Diphtheria Vaccines: What You Need to Know
View a one-page CDC vaccine information statement for each vaccine that protects against diphtheria (DTaP, Tdap, Td) to learn who should get each 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
View recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
Diphtheria for Kids
Diphtheria is a poisonous, toxic infector. When diphtheria strikes, its bacteria swarm and multiply…
- Page last reviewed: May 13, 2013
- Page last updated: May 13, 2013
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