Diphtheria Vaccination

Pediatrician examining a baby

In the United States, there are four kinds of vaccines used to prevent diphtheria: DTaP, Tdap, DT, and Td. Each of these vaccines prevents diphtheria and tetanus; DTaP and Tdap also help prevent pertussis (whooping cough). Babies and children younger than 7 years old receive DTaP or DT, while older children and adults receive Tdap and Td.

What You Need to Know about Diphtheria Vaccines

Graphic depicting young children, preteens, and adults, all of which need diphtheria vaccines.

This graphic highlights CDC’s diphtheria vaccination recommendations for young children, preteens, and adults.

Diphtheria Vaccine Resources for Healthcare Professionals

Page last reviewed: December 17, 2018