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Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis

We require all students to be appropriately immunised against the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis diseases, for clinical practice placement.

Evidence of immunity

Proof of vaccination for Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis is only valid if administered in the last 10 years. If the complete course was given over 10 years ago, a booster is required. You will need to discuss this with your doctor.

Assessment of the need for immunisation will be assisted by a past record of childhood and adolescent immunisations. Documented evidence of a booster adolescent/adult dose of dTpa is a mandatory requirement. Australia introduced a booster dose of Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis for 15 year olds in 2004. The booster dose may appear as dTpa/Boosterix or Adacel on an immunisation record. Vaccination with ADT (adult Diphtheria and Tetanus) DOES NOT cover Pertussis (whooping cough) and therefore does not comply with mandatory immunisation requirements.

The Department of Health Immunisation Record card is ideal as a form of evidence.

For more information about Diphtheria, Tetanus or Pertussis, see our disease types web page.
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