Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) Vaccination Service

Diphtheria, tetanus and polio (DTP) are serious diseases that can cause long-term health problems. The DTP vaccine is a single injection given into the muscle of the upper arm to boost protection against three diseases: tetanus, diphtheria and polio.

Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio (DTP) Vaccination Service

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About DTP

Diphtheria is a bacterial infection that affects the throat and nose, while tetanus is caused by bacteria entering the body through an open wound. Polio is a virus that can lead to paralysis or even death.

Diphtheria is still a risk for unvaccinated travellers to countries with low uptake of diphtheria-containing vaccines. Generalised tetanus is responsible for most cases, associated with intense, painful contractions and spasms of skeletal muscles. Even with intensive medical support, death occurs in 10 to 20% of cases. Most individuals (about 95%) who acquire polio do not develop symptoms.

Vaccines are available to protect against all three diseases, and it is essential to make sure that you and your family are up-to-date on vaccinations. By doing so, you can help ensure that everyone is protected from these potentially serious illnesses.

How can you get DTP?


Diphtheria is a highly contagious bacterial infection. It's spread by:

  • Coughing, sneezing, or through close contact with someone infected

  • Sharing items, such as cups, cutlery, clothing or bedding, with an infected person


Tetanus bacteria can get into your body through the following:

  • Cuts and grazes

  • Tears or splits in the skin

  • Burns

  • Animal bites

  • Body piercings, tattoos and injections

  • Eye injuries

  • Injecting contaminated drugs


Polio is caused by a virus that spreads quickly from person to person. It usually spreads through:

  • Contact with the poo of an infected person, for example, from not washing your hands properly and putting them in your mouth 

  • From contaminated food or water

  • Coughs or sneezes, but this is less common

Available service option

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  • DTP Vaccine

    £45 per patient

    If you travel to a risk area, you may need the DTP vaccine. Whether you require this booster depends on the date of your last vaccination.

Prefer to book this service over the phone?

Call us on 0113 322 9984

Number of doses required and when to boost

Number of doses

When to boost

One dose if risk at destination and UK schedule completed more than ten years ago.

Ten years if risk at destination and risk of immunoglobulin not being available.

Not sure what service option you need?

If you are unsure which vaccines you need for your holiday, why not take advantage of our travel health advice service? This service includes a personalised telephone consultation to determine your travel health requirements, including vaccination, altitude sickness, jet lag, period delay, travellers' diarrhoea and antimalarials.

High risk areas for DTP

While these diseases were once common in many parts of the world, global vaccination efforts have drastically reduced their prevalence in most countries.

However, some countries still carry a high risk of diphtheria, tetanus, and polio. These include: 

  • Afghanistan

  • Angola

  • Chad

  • India

  • Pakistan and 

  • Yemen

People travelling to these countries should ensure their vaccinations are up-to-date before leaving. If you are unsure if your vaccinations need to be updated, book our travel health advice service, and our travel specialist will help you decide which vaccinations you need and when the best time to get them should be.

What our customers think

5 out of 5 stars

Vaccinations all given professionally plus lots of useful medical advice given for our holiday.

Andy Boothroyd

5 out of 5 stars

Offered me a blood pressure check which I happily accepted. Attended on the same day. Asked if it were possible to pay for a flu jab (I’m not eligible yet) and got that at the same time! Excellent!! Very polite and helpful.

Penny Speers

5 out of 5 stars

Professional and conscientious staff. Mehwish did a great job syringing my ears, thanks 😊

Thomas Francos

5 out of 5 stars

I booked the ear syringing service at Midway Pharmacy in Morley through the online booking system. Really friendly and professional service from Sharon. I’m really grateful to be able to hear properly again. The treatment only took a few minutes and Sharon is clearly really well trained at what she does. Thank you again.

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Frequently asked questions

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    • What are the symptoms of tetanus?

      Tetanus usually causes lockjaw (trismus), characterised by facial muscles spasm. Other symptoms include:

      • a stiff neck

      • forceful arching of the back

      • abnormal breathing and

      • difficulty swallowing

    • Is tetanus contagious?

      No, tetanus cannot be spread from person to person.

    • What are the symptoms of polio?

      Most people who get polio do not have symptoms. Some people get mild, flu-like symptoms, such as:

      • a high temperature

      • extreme tiredness (fatigue)

      • headaches

      • being sick (vomiting)

      • a stiff neck

      • muscle pain

      These symptoms usually last up to 10 days.

      Rarely, polio can lead to more severe symptoms that affect the brain and nerves, such as weakness in your muscles (paralysis), usually in the legs.

    • What are the treatments for polio?

      There is no treatment for polio, but some types of care will help lower the risk of long-term problems. This can include:

      • bed rest in a hospital

      • painkillers

      • help with breathing

      • regular stretches and exercises to prevent problems with your muscles and joints

      You may need specialist help, such as physiotherapy or surgery, if you have any long-term problems caused by polio.

    • Do I need a booster for the DTP vaccine?

      Yes, a booster is required every ten years if there is a risk at the destination.

    • What are the symptoms of diphtheria?

      Symptoms usually start 2 to 5 days after becoming infected, and they include:

      • a thick grey-white coating that may cover the back of your throat, nose and tongue

      • a high temperature (fever)

      • sore throat

      • swollen glands in your neck

      • difficulty breathing and swallowing

      Skin infection (cutaneous diphtheria) is more common in countries with poor hygiene. If it's cutaneous diphtheria, it can cause:

      • pus-filled blisters on your legs, feet and hands

      • large ulcers surrounded by red, sore-looking skin

    • What are the symptoms of tetanus?

      The symptoms of tetanus usually start around 4 to 21 days after infection. On average, they begin after about ten days.

      The main symptoms of tetanus include:

      • stiffness in your jaw muscles (lockjaw), which can make it difficult to open your mouth

      • painful muscle spasms, which can make it difficult to breathe and swallow

      • a high temperature

      • sweating

      • a rapid heartbeat

      If it's not treated, the symptoms can worsen over the following hours and days.

    • Is there an age limit for having the DTP vaccine?

      We provide the vaccine for children over the age of 6.

    • Is the polio vaccine available on the NHS?

      The best way to prevent polio is to ensure you and your child are up to date with your vaccinations.

      The polio vaccine is part of the NHS routine childhood vaccination schedule.

      The polio vaccine is given to children at:

      You need all 5 of these vaccinations to be fully vaccinated against polio.

      You can have a polio vaccination at any point if this is the first time you've had one, even if you're not travelling to a country with a risk of polio.

      You should also get vaccinated even if you've had polio before, as it protects against different types of polio.

    • Where is this service available?

      This service is available in our branches, which are commutable from anywhere in Yorkshire, including Leeds, Bradford, Wakefield, York, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Barnsley, Hull, Doncaster, Ripon, Harrogate, Dewsbury, Keighley and Scarborough.

    • Are next-day appointments available?

      Yes, you can get next-day appointments at all our branches. Contact our customer care team if you cannot find an available slot.

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