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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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: Certainly a normal reaction.Not a serious one.I have found that applying heat seems to help. ...Read more
Allergy?: Try to see an allergist to get the blood test (not skin test) for allergy to something. ...Read more
Can the tetanus and diphtheria vaccine be given with singular and seretide medicine at the same time?
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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?
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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