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Diphtheria Vaccination: Who Needs It?


Diphtheria toxoid (contained in Tdap, DTaP, DT or Td vaccines) can prevent this disease.

Who Needs to be Vaccinated?

Does my infant need this vaccine?

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)


As an adult, do I need this vaccine?

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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