What is Tetanus?

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis is recommended if you haven’t received one in the last 10 years, due to increasing frequent pertussis outbreaks worldwide.
Tetanus is a serious bacterial disease that causes muscle spasms and breathing problems. Tetanus is uncommon in Australia because of the widespread use of the tetanus vaccine. Some types of wounds are more likely to encourage the growth of tetanus bacteria, such as compound fractures, animal bites, burns or any wounds contaminated with soil, horse manure or pieces of foreign objects. Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly infectious respiratory infection. Diphtheria is a bacterial infection transmitted from person to person by coughing and sneezing.


Prevention

If more than 10 years have elapsed since the last dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis , travellers to countries where medical services may be difficult to access should receive a booster.