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IMMUNIZATION – YOUR BEST PROTECTION
Tetanus, Diphtheria and Polio Vaccine
Vaccines are the best way to protect against some very serious diseases. Protect against these
three diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio with this vaccine.
In Ontario, tetanus, diphtheria and polio vaccine is publicly funded for:
What is tetanus?
An individual becomes infected with tetanus when the tetanus toxin enters the body through a puncture in the skin.
What is diphtheria?
How is diphtheria spread?
Spread of diphtheria diseases requires close, direct contact between people (ie. coughing, sneezing). Diphtheria disease can also spread if infected sores come into contact with healthy individuals.
What is polio?
How is polio spread?
Polio is highly infectious and is spread primarily through fecal/oral contact
How safe is the tetanus, diphtheria, polio vaccine?
Vaccine are among the safest of modern medicine. The only individuals who should NOT receive this vaccine are those who:
What are the side effects that I should watch for following vaccination?
Serious side effects from the vaccine are very rare (1:1,000,000). Most individuals have no problems following vaccination. Possible side effects include:
Call your doctor if you develop any symptoms that are severe or last more than a few days. Please note that serious side effects are very unlikely to occur and the benefits of the vaccine are much greater than the risks.
If you choose to receive this vaccine today, it is required that you wait two days before donating blood.
For more information on this vaccine, contact one of the numbers below and ask to
speak to a Nurse in the Vaccine Preventable Diseases Program.
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