Diphtheria is a disease caused by a bacteria, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, which invades the throat. Diphtheria is usually spread through the airborne route or through contact with saliva or nasal secretions of an infected person. Up-to-date vaccination with the DTP (diphtheria is the “D”) vaccine can prevent this very serious, life-threatening disease.

Because almost all children are vaccinated, diphtheria is now rare in the United States. However, some children are not adequately vaccinated and cases still can occur. To prevent its spread in a child care setting:

Daycare.com would like to thank the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and their contributors for this information in striving to make daycare and childcare a more productive and efficient service.

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