- Contagious, potentially life-threatening bacterial infection, now rare in Australia because of immunisation.
- Spread via respiratory droplets and discharges from the nose, mouth or skin. Infectious for up to 4 weeks from onset of symptoms.
- Anyone not immune through vaccination or previous infection is at risk.
- Diphtheria toxin (produced by the bacteria) can cause inflammation of the heart muscle, leading to death.
- Infection from a bacterium usually found in soil, dust and animal faeces. Toxin from the bacterium can attack the nervous system.
- Although the disease is now fairly uncommon, it can be fatal. Not spread from person to person.
- Generally occurs through injury. Neonatal tetanus can occur in babies of inadequately immunised mothers.
- Mostly older adults who were never adequately immunised.
- Highly infectious bacterial infection, spread by respiratory droplets through coughing or sneezing.
- Cough that persists for more than 3 weeks and, in children, may be accompanied by paroxysms, resulting in a “whoop” sound or vomiting.
- Anyone not immune through vaccination is at risk of infection and/or transmission. Can be fatal, especially in babies under 12 months of age.
You MUST complete the vaccination requirement below.
- One adult dose of diphtheria/ tetanus/ pertussis vaccine (dTpa). A booster dose of dTpa is required if 10 years have elapsed since a previous dose.
NB Serology (blood tests) will not be acceptable