When Should Children Receive Diptheria Vaccination?
Children get at least 5 primary Dt immunizations with the following schedule:
- 2 months of age
- 4 months of age
- 6 months of age
- 15-18 months
- 4-6 years old
The supplementary Td immunization is given after this period, when the child is beyond 7 years of age. Usually, doctors give this booster shot to children aged 11 years. Afterwards, doctors will give this vaccination to adults between the age of 19-64 years. Experts recommend that everyone receives the Td immunization booster shot every 10 years.
What Parents Should Know About Diphtheria Vaccination
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) advises that children who are sick when the immunization schedule arrives to wait until they recover. However, if your child only has the flu, or a common cold , it’s okay to be immunized right away.
In addition, there may be children who will experience allergies to this immunization, so it is best to discuss this with your pediatrician. If the child is in good health, then immunization should proceed because the vaccine not only protects your child from the threat of infection, but also the people around you.
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