Diphtheria Vaccination: Who Needs It?
Diphtheria toxoid (contained in Tdap, DTaP, DT or Td vaccines) can prevent this disease.
Yes, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends 5 doses of diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP) vaccine for infants and children. One dose of DTaP vaccine is recommended at each of the following ages: 2 months, 4 months, 6 months, 15 through 18 months, 4 through 6 years old. DTaP vaccine may be given at the same time as other vaccines.
See also: childhood immunization schedule
See also: Who should not be vaccinated?
See also: DTaP Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
Everyone needs protection from diphtheria. If you have not had a booster shot in 10 years or more—or never had the initial 3-shot series—you should be vaccinated.
See also: adult immunization schedule
See also: Td Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
See also: Tdap Vaccine Information Statement (VIS)
See also: Healthcare Personnel Vaccination Recommendations [1 page] July 2008
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