What is Revaxis?
Revaxis is a vaccine that contains altered components of three different organisms that cause three different diseases. Diphtheria toxoid is a modified toxin produced by the bacteria that causes diphtheria. Tetanus toxoid is a modified toxin produced by the bacteria that causes tetanus. Inactivated poliomyelitis virus is an inactivated form of the virus that causes polio. This combination vaccine works by stimulating the body’s immune response to these organisms, without actually causing the diseases.
How does it work?
Each organism stimulates the production of a specific type of antibody, so a different vaccine must be used for each disease. This combination vaccine causes the immune system to produce antibodies that protect the body against diphtheria, tetanus and polio. It is one injection that is given as a booster against these three diseases. It can be given from six years of age and is recommended for boosting teenagers aged 13 to 18 years, as part of the childhood immunisation schedule. The vaccine is usually given into the muscle of the upper arm.
What is it used for?
Booster vaccination against Diphtheria, Tetanus and Polio for children from six years of age, adolescents and adults.
- In order to minimise the risk of adverse events, this vaccine should not be given to people who completed their primary vaccination course, or received a booster vaccine against diphtheria or tetanus, within the previous five years.
- This vaccine can be given to people whose immune systems are chronically suppressed, either by disease such as HIV infection or by treatment such as chemotherapy, however the vaccine may be less effective in these people.