How have diphtheria immunization schedules changed for adolescent and adult populations?

Updated: Jan 18, 2019
  • Author: Bruce M Lo, MD, MBA, CPE, RDMS, FACEP, FAAEM, FACHE; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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These immunization schedules have been modified due to trends of pertussis increasing in the adolescent and adult populations. Therefore, Tdap Boostrix, and Adacel are now recommended in the immunization schedule for prevention of endemics associated with pertussis and diphtheria. [31, 29, 28]

Contact/respiratory isolation is indicated for prevention and deterrence of spreading the infection.


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