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Diphtheria vaccination

What is diptheria?

It is a bacterial infectious disease that can affect both your throat mucous membranes and your skin. The diphtheria bacterium is widespread worldwide, and you can transmit it primarily through respiratory droplets when you sneeze, cough, or talk. If the throat is affected, there will be a sore throat and sticky deposits in the throat (so-called pharyngeal diphtheria), and in the worst case, death from suffocation. In addition, the toxin from the diphtheria bacterium can cause organ damage such as heart inflammation or nerve paralysis. If you have hardly heard anything about diphtheria, it is probably because the disease is one of the rare diseases in our country due to the high vaccination rate.  

Who and when should be vaccinated against diptheria?

These vaccinations is relevant for every age group.

Vaccination protection against diptheria (basic immunization) usually takes place in childhood.

Booster vaccinations for adults with complete basic immunization should be given every 10 years. This is usually done in combination with tetanus, and possibly also with pertussis and polio.

How is the diptheria vaccination carried out and what needs to be taken into account be?

The diptheria vaccination is an inactivated vaccine and is usually carried out as a combination vaccination.
The vaccination is carried out in the upper arm muscle.

The vaccination is well tolerated. Very often, the stimulation of the body's own immune system causes redness or swelling at the injection site, which can also be painful. Rarely, general symptoms such as a rise in temperature, chills, fatigue, muscle pain or gastrointestinal complaints can occur in the first three days after vaccination. Such vaccination reactions usually subside after one to three days.

What should I do if I think a diptheria vaccination makes sense hold?

To check whether you have vaccination protection, simply make an appointment to check your vaccination status at one of our Avi Medical practices and discuss this with our medical team. They will advise you in detail whether you are already protected or whether you should receive a vaccination. The doctors will also check whether there are other vaccinations that would be useful for you and, if necessary, will carry them out directly.