DTP vaccination

This page tells you all about the DTP (diphtheria, tetanus and polio) vaccine. Are you travelling to a region where you are at risk of being infected with one of these diseases? Then schedule your appointment at one of our locations in good time and travel safely.

What is DTP?

DTP is an umbrella term for the diseases diphtheria, tetanus and polio. 


Diphtheria is a contagious infectious disease caused by a bacterium. Coughing transmits the bacteria from person to person. This bacterium is capable of producing a powerful toxin, also known as a toxin. This toxin damages tissues of the skin, lungs, heart, nervous system or kidney tubules. 

Symptoms of diphtheria can vary widely. Symptoms can include sore throat, swollen lymph nodes, a grey deposit on the tonsils, blood and mucus from the nose, ulcers on the skin, heart disease, paralysis and confusion. Infection can be fatal if the heart is affected or if respiratory problems occur due to the swollen lymph nodes.

Diphtheria is most common in Asia, in countries such as India, Indonesia and Nepal. But the disease can also occur in Brazil.

Vaccine series

Three doses

Protection duration

Ten years after the three doses. Additional ten years after booster.

Risk areas



Tetanus is a serious disease caused by a bacterium. This bacterium is found in the intestinal tract of many animals and therefore also in manure. The bacterium is capable of producing toxins that can cause violent muscle spasms. People can become infected when open wounds come into contact with soil, street dirt or dung. The bacterium is not transmissible from person to person and is therefore not contagious. 

When a person becomes infected with tetanus, the toxins produced can cause stiffness around the wound used to contract the bacteria. Painful muscle cramps may also occur. In some cases, the whole body may cramp, causing the body to become warped. This can cause complications such as broken bones and heart problems. Tetanus can be fatal if not treated properly. 

Tetanus occurs all over the world.


Poliomyelitis, better known as polio, is a serious infectious disease caused by the polio virus. Often, infected people notice nothing to little of a poliovirus infection. At most, some flu-like symptoms. However, in some cases, poliovirus can cause injection of the spinal cord or brain stem. This can cause paralysis and/or brain (membrane) inflammation. The virus can be transmitted from person to person and is spread through the mouth. 

Paralysis occurs in 1 in 100 to 200 people who become infected with polio. This usually happens in the legs or arms because the nerves that control these parts of the body are damaged. Of the patients who develop paralysis, about 2 to 10% die because the nerves controlling the swallowing or breathing muscles are affected. The remaining patients are often left with permanent paralysis and usually recover only partially with intensive physiotherapy. Moreover, muscle weakness, muscle pain, loss of muscle mass and fatigue may recur in about 20 to 30% of those with paralysis years after the initial infection.

Today, polio only occurs in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Vaccinate against DTP

At Vaccination Point, you can get vaccinated against DTP. This is one combination vaccine that protects you against diphtheria, tetanus and polio. In the Netherlands, children of 9 years old are vaccinated against DTP through the National Vaccination Programme. This gives 10 years of protection. After this, you can take a booster vaccine every 10 years for optimal protection. The booster vaccine is a one-off and gives another 10 years of protection. 

Were you not vaccinated against DTP as a child? Then you need a series of three injections to be protected for 10 years. The three injections have an interval of one and then six months. After the 10-year protection period, you can take the booster vaccine for optimal protection. The booster vaccine is a one-off and gives another 10 years of protection.

Costs and fees

For the current cost of the triple DTP vaccination, please take a look at the rates page. Please note! These amounts do not include (telephone) consultation fees. Depending on your health insurance, (part of) the vaccination may be reimbursed. See our fees page for possible reimbursement through your insurance.

Make an appointment immediately!

Would you like to make an appointment for vaccination against DTP? You can easily do so at a Vaccination Point location near you! Schedule your appointment now and travel safely. For more information or a consultation, you can also contact us.

Still have questions?

Do you still have questions about vaccinations at Vaccinatiepunt? Then take a look at the frequently asked questions below!

You can always check our website first for each destination. Then you can make an make an appointment. Our team will process your application; if it turns out that you do not need vaccinations, the appointment will be cancelled.

Ultimately, you decide for yourself. Vaccination Point can only advise which vaccinations are necessary for your trip or which vaccinations are recommended.

This is certainly possible. Almost all vaccinations can be given at the same time. With live attenuated vaccines, however, it is not recommended to take them at the same time, as this can significantly reduce the duration of protection of a vaccine. It is then recommended to leave at least four weeks between the two vaccines so that both maintain their full protection duration.

Some vaccinations require multiple doses at intervals of several weeks or months, so it is advisable to start arranging your vaccinations as early as possible. This will also give your immune system time to build up adequate protection. The timing depends on the nature and duration of your trip. As a guideline: for simple trips, make an appointment for the first consultation 4 - 8 weeks before departure, and for long-term or high-risk trips, more than six months in advance.

This question will be answered by the nurse during the consultation. You would do well to ask your treating doctor/specialist early on whether there are any objections from his/her side to your planned trip.