A 21-year-old member asked:
How serious is diphtheria?
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Specializes in Pediatric Urology
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Pediatrics 50 years experience
Very serious for...: Unimmunized individuals. Case fatalities ranged from 3% to 23% during the epidemic in the former soviet union during the 1990s.
Fully immunized individuals experience mild sore throat.
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A 33-year-old member asked:
What is diphtheria?
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Pediatrics 25 years experience
Diphtheria: Diphtheria is a bacterial infection of the upper airway caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae. This disease was historically associated with severe illness and sometimes death, until the vaccine against it was developed in the early 1920's. Currently, immunization schedules including the DTaP vaccine have been tremendously successful in preventing this disease.
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Last updated Jan 21, 2014
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