Optimal age for a booster dose of diphtheria-containing vaccine for adolescents is 11–13 years
A booster dose of diphtheria-containing vaccine is recommended for adolescents, using the reduced antigen dTpa vaccine. The optimal age for administering this dose is 11–13 years.
Adolescents need a booster dose of diphtheria-containing vaccine to extend the protective level of diphtheria immunity to adulthood.1 The booster is also essential for maintaining immunity to tetanus and pertussis into adulthood.1
- diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
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