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You’re receiving this notice because you are considered unvaccinated for diphtheria, based on reported vaccination status or refusal to report vaccination status. Though not mandatory, Grand Valley encourages you to do your part in helping to keep our community safe by receiving the recommended vaccines.  

Diphtheria is a serious infection caused by strains of bacteria called Corynebacterium diphtheriae that make toxin. It can lead to difficulty breathing, heart rhythm problems, and even death.  

Diphtheria spreads from person to person, usually through respiratory droplets, like from coughing or sneezing. People can also get sick from touching infected open sores or ulcers. Those at increased risk of getting sick include: 

  •  People in the same household 
  •  People with a history of frequent, close contact with the patient 
  •  People directly exposed to secretions from the suspected infection site (e.g., mouth, skin) of the patient.