Immunization, Vaccines and Biologicals


Description: Diphtheria is a bacterial infection caused by Corynebacterium diphtheria, transmitted from person to person through close physical and respiratory contact. It can cause infection of the nasopharynx, which may lead to breathing difficulties and death

Prevention: Toxoid as DTP, DT or Td - at least three primary doses given by the intramuscular route

2013 global figures

      4'680 reported cases
      25'00 estimated deaths (in 2011)
      84% estimated DTP3 coverage
      30% of countries reached >=80% DTP3 coverage in all districts

Statistics on Diphtheria

Last Update: 03 September 2014