Diphtheria Injection At 17 Years Old?

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.rnI am still 17 years old high school. When I was little, I had diphtheria injections. Then at the end of 2017 I took another diphtheria injection. Well, at my school also held, can I participate in diphtheria immunization?rnThen if different places, the dosage is also different?rnPlease explain

1 Answer:

Hi Vianisa,

The diphtheria immunization program which is currently being actively carried out by health services is indeed part of the government's response to the increasing number of diphtheria cases in the community which is an extraordinary event (KLB) in health problems.

Immunization for diphtheria is actually a vaccine that is required by the government to be given from infancy in the form of a combination with vaccines for pertussis and tetanus (DPT), with a schedule for giving ages 2, 3, 4, 18 months and 5 years. For those aged over 10 years, if they have received complete DPT immunization before, then a booster vaccine is given with a smaller dose and only contains the DT component. This booster vaccine is recommended to be repeated every 10 years to provide optimal immunity.

Therefore, if previously your DPT immunization status was complete and you got a booster in December 2017, you don't need to get immunized again and just tell the health workers about your complete immunization status so that there are no mistakes.

You can read the related article: the importance of the diphtheria vaccine

I hope this information is helpful.

Regards, dr. Delvira

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