diphtheria diphtheria  /dɪf ˈθɪ ri ə/


  • (n) acute contagious infection caused by the bacterium Corynebacterium diphtheriae; marked by the formation of a false membrane in the throat and other air passages causing difficulty in breathing


  1. Few babies under six months catch measles, scarlet fever, diphtheria or infantile paralysis.
  2. When the child was one year old, she received toxin-antitoxin against diphtheria.
  3. Only 3% to 18% could name each of the others, which include pneumococcal disease; hepatitis A; hepatits B; tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis; meningococcal disease; and shingles.


  • Free booster shots for adults in Ocean View

    A state public health nurse will be providing free booster shots to people 19 and older at the Ocean View Community Center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, South Kona/Ka‘u Councilwoman Brenda Ford said Friday. The shots will be for diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis, also known as whooping cough.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: West Hawaii Today

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  1. "My dad always used to say laughter is the best medicine, that's why when I was six, I nearly died with diphtheria," jokes Spikey. "But I think in the North West there is an attitude that every cloud has a silver lining."
    on Apr 3, 2008 By: Dave Spikey Source: icSeftonandWestLancs

  2. "Most people believe that victory over the infectious diseases of the last century came with the invention of immuni[z]ations," writes Dr. Andrew Weil in Health and Healing. "In fact, cholera, typhoid, tetanus, diphtheria and whooping cough,...
    on Sep 15, 2009 By: Andrew Weil Source: The New American

  3. In an e-mail, a staffer who works for committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., noted an "unusual need for whomever attending to be vaccinated against hepatitis A and B," as well as "the more normal things - tetanus, diphtheria, and...
    on Oct 14, 2007 By: Bennie Thompson Source: Forbes

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