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Doctor insights on: Diptheria Vacine

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Dr. Scott Katz Dr. Katz
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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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)

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 ...Read more


Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Yash Khanna Dr. Khanna
Family Medicine
53 years in practice
University of Lucknow, K. G. Medical College
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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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Dr. Sarah Kohl Dr. Kohl
Travel Medicine
31 years in practice
Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University
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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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Dr. Holly Maes Dr. Maes
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
Medical College of Wisconsin
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Can you tell me in which decade do you think the vaccine for diptheria was introduced in england and wales?

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

Dr. Dale Tylor Dr. Tylor
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery - Pediatric
15 years in practice
McGill University Faculty of Medicine
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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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Dr. James Ferguson Dr. Ferguson
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Fisher Dr. Fisher
Dermatology
28 years in practice
Morehouse School of Medicine
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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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Dr. Julia Stanford Dr. Stanford
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
19 years in practice
Georgetown University School of Medicine
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Dr. Mark Diamond Dr. Diamond
Pediatrics
42 years in practice
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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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

Dr. Michael Teitelbaum Dr. Teitelbaum
Dentistry
28 years in practice
Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
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Itching on my body after getting the diphtheria, tetanus vaccine shot. Why?

Itching on my body after getting the diphtheria, tetanus vaccine shot. Why?

Allergy?: Try to see an allergist to get the blood test (not skin test) for allergy to something. ...Read more

Dr. Deborah Ungerleider Dr. Ungerleider
Pediatrics
32 years in practice
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
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Can it be possible for you to overdose on tetanus/diphtheria vaccine?

Can it be possible for you to overdose on tetanus/diphtheria vaccine?

If you are going to: a reputable doctor, they will know how to draw up the correct amount from a multidose vial, or give a single dose pre-filled syringe of the vaccine. That amount is standard and therefore cannot be given as an overdose. ...Read more

Dr. Ed Friedlander Dr. Friedlander
Pathology
40 years in practice
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
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Ideas on why a person who had the diphtheria vaccine as a child but hasn't had a second vaccination become susceptible to diphtheria later in life?

Ideas on why a person who had the diphtheria vaccine as a child but hasn't had a second vaccination become susceptible to diphtheria later in life?

Wears off: The clones of protective lymphocytes die off as part of the process of living and acquiring new immunity. The same happens for most immunizations. ...Read more

Dr. Scott Katz Dr. Katz
Pediatrics
22 years in practice
University of Texas Southwestern Medical School at Dallas
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How successful is the tdap vaccine for preventing diphtheria?

How successful is the tdap vaccine for preventing diphtheria?

Very successful: This is a vaccine that most people should get at 11-12 years old and than every 10 years. It also prevents whooping cough. ...Read more

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Dr. Garron Miller Dr. Miller
Pediatrics
18 years in practice
American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine
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How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

How long does the diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine last?

5-10 years: You recieve doses of dtap at 2mo, 4mo, 6mo and then 15mo. Then a booster again at 4 years of age. Then another at age 11. And then every 5-10 years (according to some experts). If fully immunized. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Blum Dr. Blum
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Where do I go to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine done?

Where do I go to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine done?

Other options: Some doctor's offices do not keep in stock all the different kinds of vaccines. Check before making an appointment. Most local health departments have the correct vaccines for different ages. I do not recommend retail walk in clinics, since they do not have you or your child's complete immunization record. Think of your doctors office as your "medical home". ...Read more

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Dr. Martin Raff Dr. Raff
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
52 years in practice
University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine
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I will be having my polio, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine. Should I go home after? Does it hurt?

I will be having my polio, diphtheria and tetanus vaccine. Should I go home after? Does it hurt?

Not necessarily: Usually the side-effects are minimal and consist of soreness at the injection site, and occasionally some low grade malaise. But most often you will be fine and can continue your normal daily activities. ...Read more

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Dr. Katharine Cox Dr. Cox
Pediatrics - Emergency Medicine
41 years in practice
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What is the safest form of Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine to get? I had DTAP 10 years ago & am due for next

What is the safest form of Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine to get? I had DTAP 10 years ago & am due for next

Tdap: Is the recommended vaccine. Your vaccine schedule should be listed on the cdc.gov web site for any further concerns. All the best. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Blum Dr. Blum
Pediatrics
44 years in practice
Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences College of Osteopathic Medicine
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Do I have to see a specialist to get a diptheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine ordered?

Easily Obtained: Your pediatric office has this vaccine for all children. Some offices will offer the tdap (adult version) to parents. Local health departments stock this. Remember, as an adult, if you need a "tetanus" shot, always ask for the "full version" which would include diptheria and pertussis (whooping cough) too. This will aid in protecting or cocooning younger children and babies from these diseases. ...Read more