Diphtheria Vaccination

Pronounced (dif-THEER-ee-a)

Vaccines are available that help prevent diphtheria, an infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria. Three kinds of vaccines used in the United States today help protect against diphtheria, all of which also provide protection against other diseases:

  • Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccines
  • Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines
  • Tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccines

Babies and children younger than 7 years old receive DTaP, while older children and adults receive Tdap and Td.

CDC recommends diphtheria vaccination for all people. Talk with your or your child’s doctor if you have questions about diphtheria vaccines.

What Everyone Should Know
Information for Healthcare Professionals
Graphic depicting young children, preteens, and adults, all of which need diphtheria vaccines.
CDC recommends diphtheria vaccination for:
  • Young children
  • Preteens
  • Adults
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