Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis
BOOSTRIX, also called DPT, is a vaccine used for booster vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis. These are three life-threatening diseases caused by bacterial infection. The vaccine works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the disease.
Diphtheria is a bacteria that lives in the airways of humans and can also affect the skin. Generally, the airways become swollen causing severe breathing difficulties and sometimes suffocation. The bacteria release a toxin that can cause nerve damage, heart problems and death.
Tetanus bacteria enter the body through wounded skin. Wounds that are especially prone to infection are burn wounds, fractures, deep wounds or wounds contaminated with soil, dust, etc. The bacteria release toxins, which can cause muscle stiffness, painful spasms, fits and death. The spasm can be strong enough to cause bone fractures of the spine.
Pertussis (Whooping cough) is highly infectious. It affects the breathing tract causing severe spells of coughing that may interfere with normal breathing. The coughing is often accompanied by a “whooping” sound. Pertussis can also cause inner ear infections, long-lasting bronchitis, pneumonia, fits, brain damage and death.
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An allergic reaction could occur after the vaccinated person leaves the clinic. If you see signs of a severe allergic reaction (hives, swelling of the face and throat, difficulty breathing, a fast heartbeat, dizziness, or weakness), call 061 or 112 and get to the nearest hospital.