Diphtheria: Prevention and Complications

Prevention Tips

  • Immunisation
  • Early diagnosis and treatment
  • People who travel to areas where diphtheria is endemic should review and update their vaccinations as necessary


  • Recovery from Diphtheria is not always followed by lasting immunity, so even people who have had the disease need to be immunised.
  • The Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis (DPT) vaccine is one of the childhood immunizations that doctors recommend during infancy.
  • Vaccination consists of a series of five shots, typically administered in the arm or thigh, given to children at these ages:
  1. 2 months
  2. 4 months
  3. 6 months
  4. 12 to 18 months
  5. 4 to 6 years
  • Booster dose is given when the age is 12 and from then every 10 year intervals (Td vaccine).

Watch Out

  • Pale and cold skin
  • Thick, grey membrane covering your throat and tonsils
  • Double vision

When to See Doctor

Consult your doctor if
  • You or your child has been exposed to someone with Diphtheria
  • You develop symptoms of Diphtheria like high fever, sore throat etc
  • Your child immunisation vaccine is not up to date
  • You are not sure if your child has been vaccinated against Diphtheria

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