Tetanus / Diphtheria (Td)

What are Tetanus (lockjaw) and Diphtheria?

Tetanus is caused by a germ that enters the body through a cut or wound. Symptoms can be serious, painful spasms of all muscles.

Diphtheria spreads when germs pass from an infected person to the nose or throat of others. Symptoms can be a thick coating in the nose, throat, or airway.

Who needs to be vaccinated and how often?

Everyone should have the Td vaccine.

If you haven’t had at least three doses of any tetanus and diphtheria vaccine (DTP, DtaP or DT) during their lifetime should do so using Td. Thereafter, you need get a Td every ten years.

How much does it cost?

The vaccine is administered free of charge through Employee Health.