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Immunization

Tetanus, Diphtheria (Td)

The Td vaccine protects against two diseases in one needle: tetanus and diphtheria.
• All adults should receive a booster dose of Td every 10 years.

When given on the recommended schedule:

• 99% of those fully vaccinated are protected against tetanus.
• 97-100% of those fully vaccinated are protected against diphtheria.

• At this time there are no other ways to prevent these diseases.
• Hand washing and covering the mouth and nose while coughing/sneezing can help reduce the spread of disease.
• The risk of a serious reaction or side effect from this vaccine is much less than the risk of tetanus or diphtheria.
• If you experience any side effect worse than what is listed below, please seek medical advice and notify the health unit.

Common

• Mild pain in muscle
• Redness
• Swelling

Less Common

• Headache
• Nausea
• Mild fever
• Irritability
• Drowsiness

Rare

• Arthus-like reaction (severe pain, swelling, hard lump where needle was given).
• Anaphylaxis

• Anyone with an allergy to any of the vaccine components or who has had an allergic or anaphylactic reaction to this vaccine.
• Anyone who has developed Guillain Barré Syndrome (GBS) within 6 weeks of receiving tetanus containing vaccine.

Td Adsorbed

Also found in…

2-Phenoxyethanol

Skim creams, sunscreen

Aluminum phosphate

Breast milk, infant formula

Formaldehyde

Mushrooms, Pears, Apples

Sodium Chloride

Table salt

Tetanus toxoid

Other vaccines

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