November 3, 1962

Recording of Tetanus Immunizations

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90 Mariposa Ave., Watsonville, Calif.

JAMA. 1962;182(5):594. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050440086030

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To the Editor:—  Every patient who has received a tetanus toxoid series should have a small tattoo mark placed in an appropriate spot, such as in the left axilla, to indicate that the individual has been immunized. If the patient has damage to the left axilla, the mark could be placed in the opposite axilla. Since records are lost and memories are short, this would provide a fool-proof way of identifying an individual who has had his immunizations completed, as surely as, or more surely than we can identify the same by inquiring if he or she has served in the Armed Forces.Also, such information could be further extended to indicate vaccinations against other organisms by the use of color coding, i.e., black pigment for toxoid series completed, red for diphtheria, green for polio, and so forth. The site of the identifying marks could be decided upon by common

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