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Diphtheria Vaccination only £39 – same-day appointments available
Diphtheria is an infectious bacterial disease that can cause difficulties in breathing. In severe cases, without vaccination, the disease can cause respiratory failure, heart failure or a build-up of toxins in the nervous system, all of which can be fatal.
Diphtheria is a preventable disease with a simple vaccine. Travellers to areas at risk may be recommended a single course injection. The vaccine is a three part vaccine that covers Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio. In the UK, vaccination against Diphtheria infection is part of the childhood immunisation schedule.
How old to you have to be to have the vaccine?
You have to be at least 6 years old to have the vaccine.
How long does immunity last for?
Immunity is thought to last for up to 10 years, after which a booster dose is usually recommended.
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What you need to know:
This bacterial disease is caused by Corynebacterium Diphtheria. It is transmitted by:
- Contact with contaminated clothing/sheets.
- Close physical contact with infected individuals in crowded situations.
- Droplet transmission through coughing and sneezing.
- fatigue (extreme tiredness),
- sore throat/difficulty swallowing,
- pale, blue skin,
- difficulty breathing,
- foul-smelling, bloodstained nasal discharge,
- and swollen nodes (glands) in the neck.
Are there any side effects to the vaccine?
Following administration of the vaccine flu-like symptoms can occur which should subside within 1-2 weeks.
Patient information leaflet http://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.17378.latest.pdf