European ADULT IMMUNISATION HUB

Category: Diphtheria

We detail below some organisations interested in adult immunisation. We also provide some links to information about vaccine preventable diseases impacting on older people. We will update this list every 3 months. [last updated January 2017]

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Diphtheria is a life-threatening infection of the upper respiratory tract caused by Corynebacterium diphtheria. It also affects internal organs and/or the skin.In Europe, both diphtheria and tetanus are rare in­fections due to universal childhood vaccination and regular boosters [ECDC 2013].

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A new study published in Clinical Infectious Diseases argues that it “may no longer be necessary to administer booster vaccinations every 10 years and that the current adult vaccination schedule for tetanus and diphtheria should be revisited”. Researchers found that adults remain protected against tetanus and diphtheria for at least 30 years.

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Not even astronauts are immune from diphtheria, as the disease is found on the International Space Station

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LSM.LV is reporting that “the cases of diphtheria in Latvia have doubled in the last three years”

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Report by ILC-UK urges greater role for pharmacy in adult immunisation; the introduction of adult vaccination record card; and a review of whether the approach to vaccination of social care workers is adequate.

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