Immunity to diphtheria and tetanus in inner-city women of childbearing age

B. A. Koblin, T. R. Townsend

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Abstract

This study was conducted to determine immunity to diphtheria and tetanus in 232 inner-city women experiencing a recent birth. Forty-three (18.5 percent) of the women had levels of diphtheria antitoxin below the protective level (< 0.01 unit/ml), whereas only 10 (4.3 percent) had insuficient levels of tetanus antitoxin. The percent of women susceptible increased with age, with 33 percent and 25 percent of women over the age of 30 years susceptible to diphtheria and tetanus, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1297-1298
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican journal of public health
Volume79
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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