Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio Vaccination

Diphtheria is usually spread by close contact with infected persons. In the UK, the combined Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio vaccine is recommended when diphtheria boosters are indicated for adults. A diphtheria booster lasts 10 years. Tetanus is a serious infection, usually contracted following contamination of wounds. In the UK, after 5 doses of vaccine, tetanus boosters are not routinely required unless travelling to areas with limited medical care. In the UK, the combined Diphtheria/Tetanus/Polio vaccine is recommended when tetanus boosters are indicated. A tetanus booster lasts 10 years.

Vaccination content

Given as a combined vaccine with polio, tetanus and diphtheria.

Who should be vaccinated?

Those travelling to an area with poor access to medical attention who have not had a booster in the last 10 years. Additional vaccine information: If your childhood schedule was incomplete, seek guidance about additional doses. In the UK, tetanus vaccine is combined with polio and diphtheria.

Vaccine dose

A single injection.

When to get vaccinated

2 weeks before travel

Who should not be vaccinated?

General issues: Patients who have had a serious reaction (”anaphylaxis”) to a previous dose of this vaccine or its constituents. Specific issues: Unstable epilepsy.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

There is no evidence of risk.

Duration of immunity

10 years

Side effects

Very few. Temporary tenderness at the site of the injection


£50 per dose


Essential Optional
Vaccination All travellers When to get vaccinated
Combined Diphtheria, Tetanus & Polio Vaccination 2 weeks before travel
Please note the above is a guide only. Every journey is unique and should be fully checked with our qualified pharmacists, or healthcare team, before you travel overseas. Disease can vary across a single country and vaccination requirements may differ by local area. Book a consultation with us now to establish the recommended vaccinations and medication for your chosen destination(s)

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