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Diphtheria is a highly contagious and potentially fatal infection that can affect the nose and throat and in some cases the skin.

Diphtheria is fortunately rare in the UK, but when travelling abroad there is a chance you could be exposed to the illness. If you’re travelling to one of the areas below we recommend an appointment to discuss your vaccination record.

  • Asia
  • The South Pacific
  • The Middle East
  • Eastern Europe
  • The Caribbean

Reduce your risk of catching Diphtheria

Diphtheria is highly contagious. It’s spread by coughs and sneezes, or through close contact with someone who’s infected. It can spread quickly in busy or overcrowded areas, in order to reduce your risk. We recommend the following:

  • Wash hands with soap and water or alcohol hand gel.
  • Avoid hand contact with the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid direct contact with people who appear unwell or and avoid using their gadgets.
  • Maintain good personal hygiene and use disposable tissues when coughing or sneezing and dispose of them appropriately.
  • Ensure your vaccinations are up to date.

You can be vaccinated against Diphtheria

In the UK Diphtheria is rare as babies are routinely given the vaccination. However, if you are travelling to a high risk area and you were vaccinated over ten years ago we recommend a booster vaccination.

Get urgent medical help if you have symptoms of diphtheria and:

  • You’re in an area of the world where the infection is widespread.
  • You have recently returned from somewhere where the infection is widespread.
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has diphtheria.

Diphtheria affects your ability to breathe and left untreated it can become fatal.


If you’re unsure about your risk of Diphtheria and when you were last vaccinated, book an appointment online and we’ll be able to advise you.

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