Outbreaks of Diptheria have been a common occurrence in Indonesia, Thailand, Laos, South Africa, Sudan, and Pakistan. The disease remains endemic in Asia, the South Pacific, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe and in Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
Diphtheria is an airborne disease which can also be spread by direct and indirect physical contact. Some people can become ‘carriers’, spreading the infection to others without themselves suffering symptoms. Whilst it’s important to have good hand hygiene in areas of high risk, vaccines are available to prevent contracting or spreading these bacteria. A booster is required every 10 years.
Symptoms develop within 2-5 days of infection. They often consist of fever and sore throat, leading to white or grey patches on the throat, croup, and swollen lymph nodes in the neck. Certain diagnosis can require examination of the throat and testing of a microbial culture swab. Note that previous infection may not confer immunity to all strains of the disease.
• Course: 3 to 4 injections delivered throughout childhood, and a single booster injection every 10 years.
• When to get vaccinated: You are advised to get your booster vaccination at least 2 weeks before travelling.
• Side effects: Side effects are rare but can include pain or a bump at the site of injection.
• Children: Unfortunately, we only provide the vaccine for adults over the age of 24.