Travellers are recommended to receive a booster dose of dT vaccine if their last dose was more than 10 years ago. If they have not had a pertussis dose in the past 10 years, it is recommended that they receive dTpa vaccine to also protect against pertussis. 

Travellers at high risk of acquiring tetanus or diphtheria are recommended to receive a booster dose of dT vaccine if their last dose was more than 5 years ago. See Tetanus and Diphtheria. It is recommended that they receive dTpa vaccine to also protect against pertussis.

For adults who need extra protection against polio, use dTpa-IPV vaccine. See Poliomyelitis.

See also Vaccination for international travellers.

Page history

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

Definitions

dT
diphtheria-tetanus vaccine for use in adults
dTpa
diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine, reduced antigen content formulation
IPV
inactivated poliomyelitis vaccine