One of the Recommended Vaccines
Vaccines are available that can help prevent diphtheria, an infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae bacteria. Four kinds of vaccines used today protect against diphtheria, all of which also protect against other diseases:
- Diphtheria and tetanus (DT) vaccines
- Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (DTaP) vaccines
- Tetanus and diphtheria (Td) vaccines
- Tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis (Tdap) vaccines
Babies and children younger than 7 years old receive DTaP or DT, while older children and adults receive Tdap and Td.
CDC recommends diphtheria vaccination for all babies and children, preteens and teens, and adults. Talk with your or your child’s healthcare professional if you have questions about diphtheria vaccines.
CDC recommends diphtheria vaccination for:
- Babies and children
- Preteens and teens
- CDC’s Diphtheria Website
- Diphtheria Information on vaccines.gov
- Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Whooping Cough Vaccine Information Statements
Photos of Diphtheria Bacteria and People Affected by Diphtheria
Warning: Some of these photos are graphic.
- Page last reviewed: December 17, 2018
- Page last updated: January 10, 2019
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