Laboratory workers who may be exposed to toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae in their jobs are recommended to have a serology test for diphtheria antibodies every 10 years. They should receive a booster dose of either dTpa or dT if the diphtheria antitoxin level is <0.1 IU per mL.

See Recommended vaccines for people at increased risk of certain occupationally acquired vaccine-preventable diseases in Vaccination for people at occupational risk.

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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
dT
diphtheria-tetanus vaccine for use in adults
IU
international units