Videos describing diphtheria and the importance of getting your vaccinations at the right times.
Diphtheria is caused by a bacteria that is easily spread from person to person. The infection affects your airways, tonsils, throat, nose and sometimes the skin. The bacteria can produce dangerous toxins which, if left untreated can lead to breathing problems, heart problems, kidney failure, paralysis or may even be life threatening.
Note: this video is US-based, so some information may differ from New Zealand practice.
"Diphtheria is a rare but serious infectious disease. The bacteria usually causes infection of the throat and nose but can also cause skin infections. Cases of diphtheria in New Zealand have declined significantly over the last century with very few cases reported in the last 50 years."