Travellers to countries where health services are difficult to access in a timely way are recommended to receive a booster dose of dT vaccine if their last dose was more than 10 years ago, or 5 years ago for high-risk travel
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.
The Department of Health acknowledges the traditional owners of country throughout Australia, and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures, and to elders both past and present.