Adolescents and adults who have never had a diphtheria-toxoid vaccine are recommended to receive:
3 doses of dT vaccine with at least 4 weeks between doses
booster doses at 10 years and 20 years after the primary course
These people should receive 1 of the 3 primary doses (preferably the 1st) as dTpa, to protect against pertussis. If dT vaccine is not available, they can receive dTpa vaccine for all primary doses.3
Diphtheria-toxoid vaccine is funded through the NIP for adolescents and adults aged <20 years who have never received a diphtheria-toxoid vaccine. For details see the National Immunisation Program schedule.
The Department of Health and Aged Care acknowledges First Nations peoples as the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to all Elders both past and present.