Adults are recommended to have a diphtheria booster dose if they are 50 years of age and have not received a booster dose of diphtheria-containing vaccine in the past 10 years.

Adults should receive this dose as dTpa, to also protect against pertussis (see Pertussis). The booster dose stimulates production of antibodies against diphtheria toxin at an age when immunity against diphtheria and tetanus starts to wane. 2

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Last updated: 
4 June 2018
Last reviewed: 
4 June 2018

Definitions

dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation