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How Long Is A Person With Diphtheria Contagious
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
2-7 days: But sometimes longer.Get a more detailed answer ›
I thought diphtheria had been wiped out a long time ago, but my mother says that the vaccinations are still being given. Is it necessary for babies to be vaccinated?
Yes: As we all emphasize, the only truly eradicated vaccine preventable disease appears to be smallpox. Although some are rare, there are pockets of disease thruout the world. All it takes is one infected traveler interacting with a susceptible population to trigger a serious outbreak. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Get vaccinated: Humans are the only reservoir of contageous material. Since international travel is common, a contageous traveler, early in their illness, could spred the germ anywhere in the world.The germs are often spread in a cough or contaminated secretions.Fully immunized persons can acquire a mild sore throat & spred it to others. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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