This Infection Can Hinder Breathing; Defend Yourself from Diphtheria

This Infection Can Hinder Breathing; Defend Yourself from Diphtheria



diphtheria is a bacterial infection that spreads from person to person usually through coughing or sneezing and sometimes through touching infected people's open sores it used to be a major cause of child illness and deaths in 1921 before we had a vaccine against it there were 206 thousand cases the United States and more than 15,000 deaths since the vaccine the disease is very rare in the US although over 70 100 people worldwide contracted diphtheria in 2016 but it's a very bad disease most people feel sick from diphtheria two to five days after contracting it symptoms include weakness sore throat fever and swollen neck glands diphtheria s– bacteria can attach to the lining of the respiratory system and produce a poison that destroys healthy tissue making breathing and swallowing difficult the poison also can damage to the heart nerves and kidneys and cause respiratory failure without treatment up to half of patients can die even with treatment about one in ten patients dies quick care is crucial vaccination is the best prevention young children should have the vaccine DTaP at two four and six months 15 to 18 months and between four to six years of age then preteens age 11 to 12 should get a Tdap booster adults who've never received Tdap are also recommended to get a booster dose of Tdap women should get a Tdap shot during each pregnancy after receipt of Tdap adolescents and adults are recommended to receive a booster TD vaccine every ten years afterward this disease is awful and can be deadly protect yourself

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