TETANUS DIPHTHERIA WHOOPING COUGH/PERTUSIS (TdaP)
What is it?
Tetanus is a toxin produced by a bacteria that lives in soil
Diphtheria is caused by a bacteria that infects the respiratory system
Pertussis is a type of bacteria that causes whooping cough
How do I get these diseases?
Tetanus: From cuts that get dirt in them. Eg: falling off a motorbike and getting ‘road rash’
Diphtheria: From being around other people who carry the disease
Pertussis: Droplets spread from people that have the disease
Tetanus: Can cause severe muscle spasms and admission to intensive care is often required
Symptoms can last for weeks
Without proper care it can be fatal
Diphtheria: Can be treated with antitoxin and antibiotics
Untreated it can be fatal
Pertussis: Fever, malaise and a barking cough which can last weeks
What can I do about it?
Vaccination is an effective prevention for tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis
A booster should be given every 10 years
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