Diphtheria is a condition that was a common cause for children’s sickness and death in the U.S. It used to be that the United States has as many as 200,000 diphtheria cases a year back in the 1920s. It is fortunate that experts developed a vaccine, which has helped to reduce the instances for diphtheria by 99.9%. Currently, there are only a few regions in the world where people can contract this illness.
This disease is a bacterial infection known to be highly contagious. It can also develop some severe complications. If caught early, it is possible to treat the infection using antibiotics. But because it is highly infectious, it is highly advised to get vaccinated. Vaccination is critical, especially for children who have yet to develop their immune system fully.
Currently, there are four types of vaccines that can protect against diphtheria. These are the DTaP vaccine, DT vaccine, Tdap vaccine, and Td vaccine. Each type of vaccine works for a group of affected individuals or types of illnesses. In that regard, you need to consult with your doctor to determine which of these vaccines you should take.
The symptoms of diphtheria are:
People with diphtheria usually have a thick, grey-white coating in their throat. It covers the back of the throat and tonsils, which makes breathing difficult. Sometimes, diphtheria can affect the skin where pus-filled spots appear on hands and limbs. They can become ulcers and then can lead to scars, if not appropriately treated.
The cause of diphtheria is bacteria. It is highly contagious and spreads from people to people through coughing or sneezing. It can also spread if you get into contact with the clothing or bedding of an infected person. Diphtheria is common in countries where vaccines are rare, which includes South Asia, Africa, and the former Soviet Union.
What should you do if you will be traveling to countries where diphtheria is a high risk? If you are concerned, it is recommended that you talk to your doctor. You can also contact us or book an appointment online to discuss your vaccination requirements. We have capable nurses and pharmacists who can assist you during the procedure.
Our procedure for the diphtheria vaccines is simple. Our nurse will administer 1 injection of the vaccine, which will provide you a full immunization. Before the injection, however, you may ask us any questions or concerns about the vaccine. Rest assured that our people will explain everything to you and ensure you will have all the answers you need.
When it comes to diphtheria, there is no better way to ensure prevention than vaccination. It is why adults and children are both recommended to be vaccinated with five doses to be safe. In the case of this infection, prevention is better than cure. With the potential complications of the illness, it makes it crucial that you are vaccinated.
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