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Doctor insights on: Diptheria Vacine

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How are vaccines made that prevent diphtheria?

How are vaccines made that prevent diphtheria?

Inactive: All diptheria containing vaccines are inactive, meaning the infectious agent has been altered so that it cannot cause disease, but can stimulate an immune response. ...Read more

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Diphtheria (Definition)

Diphtheria is a potentially fatal, contagious disease that usually involves the nose, throat, and air passages, but may also infect the skin. Its most striking feature is the formation of a grayish membrane covering the tonsils and upper part of the throat. This is a preventable disease by vaccination. It is ...Read more


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When did vaccine first become available for diphtheria?

When did vaccine first become available for diphtheria?

1920's: In the usa was 1st given regularly in the 1920's.As many as 15, 000 people died annually from this sisease prior to the availability of the vaccine. ...Read more

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Can you tell me diptheria toxin is which type of vaccine?

Can you tell me diptheria toxin is which type of vaccine?

Not A Vaccine: Diptheria toxin is not a type of vaccine.Diptheria Toxin is produced by the bacteria(Cornybacterium Diptheriae)which causes Diptheria and can affect heart and other organs. But we use Diptheria Anti toxin to neutralize the toxin produced by the Diptheria causing bacteria.It is an anti toxin serum and not a real vaccine. Anti toxin and Antibiotics are used to treat Diptheria and1in10cases are fatal ...Read more

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Besides a vaccine, how else can I prevent diphtheria?

Besides a vaccine, how else can I prevent diphtheria?

Vaccine only: The only way to prevent diptheria is vaccination. Even prior infection with diptheria doesn't provide protection. Diptheria is a bacterial infection of the nose and throat. It can cause life-threatening throat swelling. It produces a toxin which damages the heart. Treatment includes antibiotic, vaccination, and anti-toxin. This is a serious disease spread by close contact with other people. ...Read more

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Can you tell me in which decade do you think the vaccine for diptheria was introduced in england and wales?

Early 50's: The vaccine was first made available in the United States. That happened in 1945, and it almost immediately became routinely used in the US. Although I could not find an exact date, it looks like from cause of death in children tables that diphtheria deaths were quite epidemic yet in England & Wales until the late 1940's, so routine use probably started in the early 1950's in that region. ...Read more

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I've had the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines. Should my arm hurt?

I've had the diphtheria and tetanus vaccines. Should my arm hurt?

Tetanus shots hurt: Some shots hurt the arm more than others. Tetanus is known to be a bad one for pain. As long as you can move your arm and aren't in extreme pain it's probably okay. You need to be assessed immediately if not. Call your doctor if you aren't sure. ...Read more

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Should my arm hurt after getting diphtheria and tetanus vaccines?

Usually does: Since the shot is given into the muscle it will often hurt.The pain is similar to getting hit in that location, but should subside over the next day or two. ...Read more

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Is there a tetanus vaccine available without the diphtheria component?

Is there a tetanus vaccine available without the diphtheria component?

Tetanus Toxoid: Tetanus toxoid is the vaccine for tetanus without diphtheria. Routine booster 0.5 ml im of tetanus toxoid adsorbed or 0.5 ml im or subcutaneously of tetanus toxoid given 10 years after completion of primary immunization and every 10 years thereafter. If a dose is given sooner as part of wound management, the next booster is not needed for 10 years thereafter. ...Read more

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I'm not sure, but should my arm hurt after diphtheria and tetanus vaccines?

Yes: Certainly a normal reaction.Not a serious one.I have found that applying heat seems to help. ...Read more