Travellers to countries where health services are difficult to access are recommended to receive a booster dose of dT vaccine if their last dose was more than 10 years ago.

Travellers who have not had a pertussis dose since childhood are recommended to receive dTpa vaccine to also protect against pertussis (See Pertussis).

Travellers to some areas may be at higher risk of acquiring diphtheria. Travellers to these high-risk areas are recommended to receive a booster dose of dT if their last dose was more than 5 years ago. Areas with a high risk of diphtheria include:

  • Southeast Asia
  • New Guinea
  • states of the former Soviet Union
  • Baltic countries
  • eastern European countries

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