Get Informed. Get Vaccinated.
Diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis are contagious diseases that can be prevented with immunizations. Talk to your doctor about the immunization schedule for your child.
- Caused by Corynebacterium diphtheriae, diphtheria is an acute bacterial disease characterized by a sore throat and a bluish-white or grey membrane in the back of mouth.
- Diphtheria is spread among unimmunized people living in crowded conditions by coughing or sneezing.
- Unimmunized children under 5 years of age are more likely to contract diphtheria.
- Diphtheria can cause breathing and heart problems, and even death.
- Tetanus can occur when a tetanus bacteria, Clostridium tetani, enters any break in the skin.
- Tetanus can cause muscle spasms, breathing problems, and death.
- Characterized by stiffness of the jaw, neck or lockjaw.
- Caused by Bordatella pertussis bacteria, pertussis is a highly contagious disease characterized by severe coughing.
- Pertussis can cause coughing that makes it hard for a child to eat, drink, or breathe.
- Often, infants with pertussis need hospital care.
- Pertussis is spread by coughing and sneezing.
- Pertussis can cause pneumonia, seizures, rib fractures, brain damage, and even death.