Travellers are recommended to receive a booster dose of dT vaccine if their last dose was more than 10 years ago. This is recommended for those who travel to countries where health services may be difficult to access in a timely way in the event of a tetanus-prone wound.

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

Some travellers have a high risk of a tetanus-prone wound. High-risk travellers are recommended to have a booster dose of either dTpa or dT if their last dose was more than 5 years ago.

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