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Humans are exposed to thousands of pathogens every day. The immune system is continuously working to protect us against them, and its activity goes unnoticed. Vaccination helps the body’s immune system recognise and combat threats.

Vaccination results in the development of immunity similar to that of an infectious disease. This means that the human body is able to eradicate harmful micro-organisms before they multiply en mass when later exposed to the disease. This is how vaccination prevents the spread of infections.

The need for vaccination depends on a number of factors:

  • which infectious diseases the person has already had
  • which vaccinations they have already had
  • what their work-related risks are
  • whether there are dangerous disease outbreaks in Estonia
  • where they plan to travel in the near future

For any questions about vaccinations, please contact your Confido family doctor or general practitioner, who will arrange new vaccinations for you, if needed.

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough

Diphtheria, also known as throat diphtheria, is an acute bacterial infectious disease. The disease is transmitted through direct contact from person to person as well as through droplet transmission when coughing or sneezing. It typically affects the upper respiratory tract or the skin. In general, inflammation (swelling) occurs in the respiratory tract, causing breathing difficulties and, in rare cases, suffocation.

Tetanus, also known as lockjaw, is a bacterial infectious disease characterised by generalised muscle spasms. Tetanus bacteria enter the body through cuts, scratches or wounds on the skin. Tetanus is characterised by increased muscle tone and spasms.

Pertussis, also known as whooping cough, is an acute respiratory infectious disease that spreads from person to person through droplet transmission. It causes severe coughing fits that can impede normal breathing. Pertussis can also lead to ear infections, prolonged bronchitis, pneumonia, convulsions, brain damage and even death.

The diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis vaccine is administered for revaccination of four-year-old children, adolescents and adults. It is recommended for the adult population to be revaccinated every ten years to prevent the development of disease carriers and the outbreak of epidemics.

An infectious disease specialist can assist in creating a vaccination schedule for previously unvaccinated adults.

All vaccinations done at Confido are recorded in your vaccination passport, which we ask you to take with you when you come to get vaccinated.

If necessary, we will issue a new vaccination passport for an additional fee (€10).

Vaccination information leaflet

For more information, please visit the website of the Health Board:

We provide this service

Confido Medical Centre
Veerenni 51, Tallinn
Tartu Raatuse clinic
6th floor, Raatuse 21, Tartu
Rocca Al Mare Walk-in clinic
Paldiski maantee 102, Tallinn
Viru Walk-in clinic
4th floor, Viru Väljak 4, Tallinn