Who is at risk of developing diphtheria?

Who is at risk of developing diphtheria?

Anyone who is not protected by the vaccine and comes in close contact with an infected person can develop diphtheria.

Can diphtheria be prevented?

There are 11 different types of combination vaccines in the U.S. that are designed to stop diphtheria and tetanus. Protection against whooping cough (pertussis) is included in 8 of these vaccines. There are different schedules for getting the series of shots, including booster shots after the first ones are given.

In general, the side effects from the vaccines might include fever, pain or redness at the needle site, and rarely, an allergic reaction to the vaccine itself.