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Diphtheria

WHAT IS IT?

  • Diphtheria is a disease of the respiratory passages, transmitted from person to person, which may cause severe heart and kidney disease. In rare cases it can cause difficulty with breathing.
  • Diphtheria is spread through person-to-person contact7
  • Although rare in the US, diphtheria causes significant illness and death in developing countries

PREVENTION TIPS

  • If you did not receive your first (primary) immunization series against tetanus, diphtheria, and poliomyelitis during childhood or have not received the appropriate booster dose(s), please consult your travel physician
  • If you're traveling with infants and children, you should discuss their immunization needs, especially if traveling for extended periods of time, which might interrupt your child's normal immunization schedule29

Consult your travel physician for additional health information.

For more information visit: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/page/diseases.htm

IMMUNIZATIONS

  • A booster dose against tetanus and diphtheria is recommended every 10 years, whether traveling abroad or not29
  • If you have not received the complete primary series, consult your health care professional about completing it

HELP PROTECT YOURSELF

Vaccines can help protect you from diseases that are still common in many parts of the world. Make certain you contact your health care provider and determine which vaccines you should receive before you travel.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need. Diphtheria is included in these vaccines.

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Diseases to Guard Against

When you’ve added your destinations, it is recommended that you take this list to your doctor so you can discuss relevant vaccinations before you travel.

Travel vaccines help protect you from illnesses present in other parts of the world, and help prevent the importation of infectious diseases across international borders. Which vaccinations you need depends on a number of factors, including your age, health status, and previous immunizations.

COMBINATION VACCINES

There are combination vaccines that help protect against multiple diseases that may reduce the number of shots you need.

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