Programs that provide inoculations for adolescents and adults which protect them from contracting tetanus or diphtheria. Adolescents should be assessed at age eleven through twelve or fourteen through sixteen and immunized if no dose was received during the previous five years. All adults require tetanus and diphtheria immunizations at ten year intervals throughout their lives. Also included are programs that provide inoculations which prevent individuals who have been exposed the bacterium that causes tetanus from contracting the disease. Inoculations are recommended for people in flooded areas who may be at risk of tetanus infections from dirty cuts, scrapes or puncture wounds.
Taxonomy Code: LT-340.010-85