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To the Editor:—
In The Journal, June 19, page 559, Dr. Geoffrey Edsall, Boston, stated that "in the American army the official procedure (Circular Letter 34, S. G. O. [4/16/41]; Long, A. P.: Tetanus Toxoid: Its Use in the United States Army, Am. J. Pub. Health33:53 [Jan.] 1943) is to give two initial doses of fluid toxoid three weeks apart, a stimulating dose one year later or on departure for a theater of operations,..." I believe there is a slight error, probably typographic, as this particular circular of the Surgeon General, United States Army, states that the initial vaccination consists of three subcutaneous injections of tetanus toxoid (plain) of 1 cc. each, administered with intervals of not less than three or more than four weeks, and preferably with intervals of three weeks between doses. There are, however, some students of immunology who recommend a much longer period, up
Barondes RD. TETANUS IMMUNIZATION. JAMA. 1943;122(15):1034. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840320052023