Navajo County Public Health Services
Diptheria, Ttetanus, Pertussis vaccines
Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis are serious diseases.
Diphtheria causes a thick covering in the back of the throat
It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death
>Tetanus causes painful tightening of the muscles, usually all over the body
It can lead to "locking" of the jaw so the person cannot open his mouth or swallow.
Tetanus can lead to death.
Pertussis (Whooping Cough)
Pertussis, causes coughing spells so bad that it is hard for infants to eat,
drink, or breathe. These can last for weeks.
It can lead to pneumonia, seizures (jerking and staring) spells, brain damage, and
When should your child get vaccinated?
Most children should get a dose at these ages
12 - 18 months
4 - 6 years
At 11-12 years of age and every 10 years after that you should get a booster to
prevent diphtheria and tetanus.
For more information, visit your local health department or Center for Disease Control
and Prevention, Arizona Department of Health.
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