Diphtheria is one of our rare diseases and is caused by the poison (toxin) of the diphtheria bacterium. If the vaccination coverage of the population is inadequate, a more frequent occurrence is also possible in our country.
The disease, which can be transmitted mainly by droplet infection, often takes a severe, sometimes life-threatening course despite certain treatment options.
Damage to the heart muscle, which can lead to death, is particularly feared. Only a preventive vaccination can effectively protect the individual and the general public.
Dead vaccine, useful as multiple vaccination, injection into the muscle.
Who should be vaccinated?
Vaccination against diphtheria is necessary for everyone. Even adults who have not yet been vaccinated should be vaccinated. A trip to an endemic area (an area with a high incidence of diphtheria) should not begin until the second vaccination has been carried out.
With sufficient tetanus vaccination protection, only the simple vaccination against diphtheria should take place.
Time of vaccination: See tetanus
Most frequent vaccination reactions: See tetanus