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Can you get diphtheria more than once?

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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics and Gynecology 37 years experience
Yes: Yes. Even individuals recovering from diphtheria should be immunized against the disease as soon as possible. http://www.ct.gov/dph/cwp/view.asp?a=3136&q=388276.
Dr. Maureen Mays
Specializes in Clinical Lipidology
Usually not.: Having the disease provides life-long immunity for most people.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

How can people get diphtheria?

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Dr. Kelly Kane
Pediatrics 25 years experience
Droplets or skin: Spread through respiratory secretions (cough or sneeze) or direct contact with lesion.
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What is diphtheria?

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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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