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Pertussis Facts
Pertussis Symptoms
and Complications
Tetanus and Diphtheria
Information
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In addition to helping prevent pertussis, Adacel vaccine helps protect patients against 2 other serious diseases — tetanus and diphtheria


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Tetanus

  • Infection occurs when the bacterium Clostridium tetani enters the body through an open wound9
  • Tetanus symptoms include painful muscle spasms, stiffness of the neck and jaw, difficulty swallowing, and stiffness of the abdominal muscles9
  • Other tetanus symptoms include fever, sweating, high blood pressure, and rapid heart rate9
  • Serious tetanus complications including fractures, hypertension, and death may occur9

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Diphtheria

  • Diphtheria is a serious, potentially fatal disease caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae9
  • Diphtheria is spread from person to person via the respiratory tract9
  • The most common complications of diphtheria are myocarditis and neuritis9
  • Other diphtheria complications include otitis media and airway obstruction9
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