Is It Dangerous To Skip One Of The Stages Of Diphtheria Immunization?

Hello. I want to ask, r nWhen I got the first stage of diphtheria injection I took part, and during the second stage I didn’t come because of illness, now I’m taking the third injection … is it dangerous or not? R nI am 16 years old .. r nThank you

1 Answer:

Hello Siti


Skipping one of the stages in immunization in general will not cause health problems, but the benefits obtained from immunization may not be optimal due to doses that are not obtained.


It is very unfortunate that Siti did not explain what type of diphtheria immunization was undertaken by Siti and at what time did stage 1 and stage 3, considering that there are various types of diphtheria immunization. For example, DPT immunization (diphtheria, pertussis, tetanus) which is given at the age of 2,3,6 months. Meanwhile, DTPa immunization (diphtheria, tetanus, and acellular pertussis) was given at the age of 2,4,6 months. Then when the age is more than 7 years old or has grown, then td or tdap immunization needs to be given back to maximize the benefits of the immunization.


If it turns out that Siti had previously received a complete diphtheria vaccine (be it DPT or DTPa) as a child, diphtheria immunization as an adult is only a booster that can be repeated every 10 years.


May be useful


dr. Arnold

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