Tetanus / Diphtheria

Tetanus & Diphtheria Vaccine in Toronto


Tetanus (Lockjaw) is caused by the Tetanus bacteria which are naturally found in soil and near rusting pieces of metal. The bacteria can enter into the body when there is a laceration, abrasion or any other penetrating injury to the individual.

It is a very dangerous illness with a high death rate.

In Canada we vaccinate from infancy and by the time children are six years of age they have had five injections of Tetanus vaccine. The vaccine should then be repeated every 10 years for most people.

Tetanus vaccine is very safe and highly effective. Some people will have a sore injection site and a fever for 1-4 days after vaccination


Diphtheria is an infection that is spread by coughing and sneezing. It causes pain and a thick covering in the back of the throat

It can lead to breathing problems, paralysis, heart failure, and even death.

Diphtheria vaccine is very safe and highly effective.

Vaccination begins in infancy and follows the same schedule as Tetanus vaccine.


Pertussis is an illness transmitted by the inhalation of respiratory droplets produced by an affected individual through coughing and sneezing.

The symptoms resemble a common cold in the first few days, after that the cough becomes the predominant feature.

In children the bouts of coughing can be followed by a whooping sound as the child takes in a deep breath. Hence in children this disease is frequently referred to as whooping cough. Pertussis can cause deaths in children.

In adults the bouts of coughing can be severe and relentless producing many sleepless nights and significant pains in the chest.

Pertussis vaccine is very safe and effective.

To get your Pertussis, Diphtheria and Tetanus vaccines call the GTA Travel Clinic and Vaccination Centre at 905 303 1900. We cover the GTA Toronto, Richmond Hill and Woodbridge areas for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis Vaccine.

Please note: The information in this document is provided for general information purposes only. Nothing takes the place of speaking with a travel doctor. This information and your receipt thereof is not intended to be, nor shall be deemed to be, informed consent by you to any medical care or treatment whatsoever. Please consult our doctors at the GTA Travel Clinic and Vaccination Centre for a proper medical assessment.

Please note that the combination Tetanus, Diphtheria and Pertussis vaccine is not a benefit of O.H.I.P. (except for children age 16 and under).

The Tetanus, Diphtheria vaccine (without Pertussis) is covered by OHIP.

If you have private health insurance through work or school you may be covered for vaccines. With your payment we will provide you with an invoice (with the unique Drug Identification Number for each vaccine) so you can claim your expenses back from your insurance company.

Insurance companies will require Drug Identification Numbers for each vaccine in order to reimburse you.

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 1-844 303-1900