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

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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