Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio Booster

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio Booster

This combination vaccine covers Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio.

Diphtheria is a highly contagious, bacterial illness which is spread by airborne droplets whilst sneezing or coughing, it affects the nose, lungs, throat and skin. It causes fever, sore throat and can even cause serious complications such as difficulty breathing and heart conditions.

Tetanus is a bacterial condition. It is rare but can be very serious. It is caused by contact with the bacteria into an open wound. The bacteria are found in infected soil, manure or animal bites. Once it enters the body, it releases a toxin affecting the nervous system. It causes spasms and stiffness of the jaw muscles and can even affect muscles that help us breathe or swallow. This can lead to fatal complications if left untreated.

Polio is a viral infection that causes paralysis by infecting the spinal cord. There is no cure for polio. It is spread by coming into contact with airborne droplets or by contact with infected faeces. Often complications are permanent and have long term effects.

A booster is recommended prior to travel to parts of the world where diphtheria and polio are still common occurrences. This includes parts of Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and the Middle East. A booster is only required if your last diphtheria, tetanus and polio vaccination dose was more than 10 years ago, or you did not finish the course of vaccinations for primary protection.

Who can get the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio Booster?

Adults above the age of 18 can get their DTP booster at our clinics.

Who should not get the Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio Booster?

  • Anybody with a history of anaphylaxis or severe allergy to previous DTP vaccine or ingredients in the vaccination 
  • Anybody with a fever 

How many doses do you need?

You need one dose of the DTP booster vaccine.

Can someone get the DTP booster while pregnant or breastfeeding?


Are there any common side effects when getting the DTP booster?

A local reaction such as swelling, redness and pain at the site of injection. This usually resolves in a few days on its own.

What does the DTP booster cost?

£50 per dose.



Medically reviewed by: Dr Preethi Daniel, GP and Clinical Director at London Doctors Clinic

Reviewed: August 2021

Next review date: August 2022