Getting vaccinated

What you should know


A Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis vaccine is recommended if you haven’t received one in the last 10 years, due to increasing frequent pertussis outbreaks worldwide.

What is Tetanus?

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. Therefore, tetanus vaccination is key to ensure ongoing wellness and protection.

What is Diphtheria?

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection transmitted from person to person by coughing and sneezing.

What is Pertussis ?

Pertussis (whooping cough) is a highly infectious respiratory infection.


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. Keeping up to date with tetanus vaccinations and protection against Diphtheria and Pertussis will avoid this complication when travelling to these destinations.

*This information is to be used as a guide only. Medical advice is recommended to individuals depending on their medical history, previous vaccination history and their itinerary.