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Diphtheria vaccination

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With the Diphtheria immunization You can prevent the highly contagious, dangerous infectious disease. The primary immunization consisting of multiple doses of diphtheria vaccine is usually performed in infancy. The diphtheria vaccine does not last for life, but must be refreshed regularly. Read all you need to know about the diphtheria vaccine.

ICD codes for this disease: ICD codes are internationally valid medical diagnosis codes. They are found e.g. in medical reports or on incapacity certificates. A36Article SurveyDiphtheria - Vaccination

  • That happens at the vaccination
  • When is the vaccination useful?
  • This is how the vaccine is administered
  • Other Recommendations

This happens with the diphtheria vaccine

Diphtheria is caused by a bacterium that is transmitted from person to person through coughing or sneezing (droplet infection). The pathogen produces a poison (toxin) that is responsible for the disease symptoms.

In diphtheria vaccination, the attenuated toxin of the bacterium is administered (toxoid vaccine). In response to the diphtheria vaccine, the immune system produces antibodies against the pathogen. If it later comes to a true infection with diphtheria bacteria they are immediately fought by the available antibodies. However, the number of antibodies decreases over the years. Therefore, the diphtheria vaccine must be refreshed regularly.

side effects usually do not occur in diphtheria vaccination. In some cases, it can cause symptoms such as fatigue, fever or mild gastrointestinal complaints that disappear after a short time. Also a skin reaction at the injection site is possible.

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When is the diphtheria vaccine useful?

Since the diphtheria vaccine in Germany has existed, the number of diseases has fallen sharply. Nevertheless, the Standing Vaccination Commission (STIKO) at the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) recommends the diphtheria vaccine for all children, adolescents and adults. Because the disease is still widespread in other countries. Unvaccinated travelers can easily get infected there and pass the disease on to other people after their return to Germany.

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