Vaccine recommendations for tetanus-prone wounds
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Vaccine recommendations for tetanus-prone wounds - flow chart for clincians to easily determine if a patient requires immunisation against tetanus
Diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough (pertussis) combination vaccines help protect you against the following diseases:
There are four different combinations currently available. Below is a list of diseases you are protected against for each of the combinations available:
Combination diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines are available free through the National Immunisation Program for the following age groups:
The combination diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough vaccines are also recommended, but may not be free, for all:
The combination vaccine is given as an injection into the thigh if under 12 months of age, or the top of the arm from 12 months of age.
Like any medications, the diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccines can have some minor and short lasting side effects.
Common side effects may include:
Booster doses of a diphtheria, tetanus and whooping cough combination vaccine can result in extensive limb swelling which involves the area around the injection site becoming red and/or swollen and extending to the shoulder and/or elbow. This resolves completely within a few days and generally requires no treatment.
Although very rare, other side effects may include:
If you are concerned, seek further advice from your doctor, immunisation provider, SA Health’s Immunisation Section or healthdirect Australia.
Any unexpected event following immunisation should be reported to SA Health.
Many of the common side effects can be reduced by:
To receive the vaccine contact your doctor, local council, community health centre, midwife or Aboriginal health centre to arrange an appointment.
For further information on immunisation providers, see the Immunisation services page.