Tetanus and Diphtheria

Tetanus and diphtheria remain a public health treat in San Diego County. You need to prove that you have had this vaccine within the last 10 years. If you request the vaccine early (before 10 years), be aware that you may increase your risk of adverse/side effects. We ask that you search thoroughly for your immunization record or proof of your last tetanus vaccination before getting another injection.

You may not obtain tetanus and diphtheria at this office if:

  1. Prone to seizures or have a seizure disorder. Ask your physician.
  2. Allergic to eggs, gelatin, chicken, thimerisol, latex, or any components of the vaccine.
  3. Are pregnant or breastfeeding
  4. Are currently ill or have a chronic immunosuppressive disease.
  5. Are taking any anticoagulant medication (blood thinner) or have a bleeding disorder.
  6. Have had an allergic reaction or neurological reactions to any vaccination.
  7. Diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB), cancer or any illness that suppresses the immune system.
  8. Not sure if you have had the first 3 primary vaccinations of tetanus and diphtheria. If this is the case, you will need to see you physician for vaccination