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June 9, 1962


JAMA. 1962;180(10):831. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050230033010

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In the communication entitled "Nationwide Tetanus Toxoid Immunization," in this issue of The Journal (p. 837), Furste, Farnham, and Roettig submit data concerning tetanus toxoid immunization as practiced in a typical, medium-sized, easterncentral United States city. In studying 11,715 consecutive emergency-room admissions during the first 10 months of 1961, they analyzed the immunization procedures carried out in 2,595 definitive cases which could possibly have developed tetanus. They found that 46% of females 18 years of age and older had not received tetanus toxoid immunization, and that 28% of males 18 years and older had not been so protected. In contrast, as a result of the effective prophylactic programs carried on by the general practitioner and the pediatrician, only 8% of females under 18 years and only 4% of males in this age group were not actively protected against tetanus.

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