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Diphtheria, Pertussis and Tetanus Vaccine
Vaccines are the best way to protect against some very serious diseases. Protect against these three diseases: diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus, with this vaccine.
In Ontario diphtheria, pertussis and tetanus vaccine is publicly funded for:
It is available for sale to:
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 pertussis?
How is pertussis spread?
Disease is very contagious and is spread from close, direct contact between people (coughing or sneezing). An individual becomes infected when they breathe the bacteria in through their nose or mouth.
How safe is the tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis vaccine?
Vaccines 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:
If you decide to receive this vaccine today, it is required that you wait 2 days before donating blood.
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.
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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