Diphtheria toxoid is a vaccine used to protect against the infectious disease diphtheria. It is used in combination with other vaccines that offer protection against disease like pertussis (whooping cough) and tetanus (DPT vaccine).
How it works
Diphtheria toxoid belongs to a class of drugs called vaccines. It works by developing body’s natural immunity (antibodies) against diphtheria infections.
Common side effects
Neurological disturbances, Pain, Fever, Flushing, Decreased blood pressure, Skin redness, Tachycardia, Tenderness, Urticaria
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• For DPT vaccine, always follow the compulsory schedule of 5 doses starting from 6 weeks age of a child.Inform your doctor, if you have taken diphtheria toxoid vaccine within 5 years.
• Inform your doctor, if you are suffering from blood disorders, sudden temporary loss of movements (Guillain Barre Syndrome), or if you have a poor body defence system.
• Do not drive of operate machinery after the injection, as the combination vaccines may cause dizziness.
• Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe allergic reaction such as tightness in chest, difficulty breathing, fainting, fits, tingling or weakness in hands and feet, severe and persistent swelling, redness and pain on injection site.
• Should not be given to patients allergic to diphtheria toxoids, any of the components of the combination vaccines or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patients with acute severe illness with high fever.
• Should not be given to patients with a history of severe allergic reaction after vaccination with any other diphtheria toxoid-containing vaccines.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is diphtheria toxin an endotoxin?
No, diphtheria toxin is an exotoxin and not an endotoxin.
Q. Is diphtheria toxin a protein?
Yes, diphtheria toxin is an extracellular protein of the bacteria Corynebacterium diphtheriae.