Vaccine - DT

This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting diphtheria and tetanus.




This is a vaccine that decreases your risk of getting diphtheria and tetanus.



Tetanus and diphtheria are bacterial illnesses that have potentially serious complications. Due to the widespread use of vaccines, these illnesses are not as common as they use to be. Tetanus (lockjaw) is characterized by painful muscle spasms that can spread throughout the body. (Muscle spasms in the jaw produce the classic "lockjaw".) The spasms can lead to muscle tears or broken bones. Other symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Excessive sweating
  • Stiff neck
  • High blood pressure
  • Fast or irregular heart beat

Severe complications include difficulty swallowing and breathing, pneumonia, pulmonary embolism, brain damage due to lack of oxygen during spasms and death.

Diphtheria is characterized by:

  • Fever
  • Cough, sore throat and hoarseness
  • Swollen neck glands

Severe complications are due to the toxins made by the bacteria. They include throat swelling with difficulty swallowing and breathing, inflammation of the heart muscle (myocarditis), paralysis, kidney damage and death.

Tetanus and diphtheria occur most often in people who've never been vaccinated or don't get the necessary booster dose. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all adults receive a booster of Td every ten years.

  • This is to maintain immunity beginning at about age twenty-one for those who have had the recommended childhood immunizations.
  • For those who've never received Tdap, a Tdap booster should be given followed by Td every ten years.

A Td booster may be recommended after a sustaining an open wound.

  • For a clean or minor wound, you need a booster if your last dose was more than ten years ago, your initial three dose series isn't complete or you are unsure of your immunization status.
  • For a contaminated or deep wound, you need a booster if your last dose was more than five years ago, your initial three-dose series isn't complete or you are unsure of your immunization status.

Contact your healthcare provider if you are not up to date on your Td vaccine. Here is a list of questions you can ask about the vaccine.

  • Do you recommend this vaccine for me? Why or why not?
  • Does this vaccine need boosters, and when?
  • What are the side effects of this vaccine?
  • What are the risks if I do not get the vaccine?

Source UHC.com

Also known as:

Vaccine
Tetanus Vaccine
Tetanus Shot
Tetanus Immunization
Immunization Diphtheria
Vaccine Td
Vaccine - Tetanus
Diphtheria
Pertussis - TdaP - Convenient Care Clinic
Vaccine - Tetanus
Diphtheria
Pertussis - TdaP
Immunization Tetanus
Vaccine - Tetanus - Td
Diphtheria Vaccine
Diphtheria Shot
Diphtheria Immunization
Td Vaccine
Td Shot
Td Immunization
Immunization TdaP
Immunization Td


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