What is Tetanus-Diphtheria?
Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a serious and often fatal infection that is caused by bacteria. The spores of the bacteria live in animal manure and soil dust, but also exist all around the world. When in the soil, the bacteria can remain active for over four decades. When introduced to the body, the bacteria may produce a toxin that affects the nervous system and brain.
Diphtheria is also caused by a bacterial. The bacteria are a toxin that is carried into the person’s bloodstream. It can be passed from person to person.
Who needs the Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccination? When?
There are two different vaccine options for these bacteria, including the Diphtheria and Tetanus (Td) vaccine. It is recommended that adults receive a booster of this vaccine every decade. Anyone who is traveling should seek this vaccine to protect themselves.
What are the risks of the Tetanus-Diptheria vaccine?
There is a very low risk of any type of adverse side effects with this vaccination.
How can I learn more about the Tetanus-Diphtheria vaccine?
Call the Kansas City Travel and Immunization Clinic today at (913) 469-0011 and one of our knowledgeable staff will be able to assist you.