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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.


• Mild pain in muscle
• Redness
• Swelling

Less Common

• Headache
• Nausea
• Mild fever
• Irritability
• Drowsiness


• 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…


Skim creams, sunscreen

Aluminum phosphate

Breast milk, infant formula


Mushrooms, Pears, Apples

Sodium Chloride

Table salt

Tetanus toxoid

Other vaccines

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