tetanus immunization value?

Gary Lum glum at ozemail.com.au
Wed May 15 08:23:17 EST 1996

Andre Burnens wrote:
> Tetanus immunization is achieved with tetanus toxoid (inactivated toxin)
> and NOT with attenuated bacteria. The vaccine is thus extremely safe and
> has little side effects. The toxoid is so highly immunogenic that it is
> even used as an adjuvant/carrier for other vaccines (like e.g. some H.
> influenzae type b capsular polysaccharide vaccines). Tetanus is a
> devastating disease, thus, even if it is rare in industrialized countries
> complete immunization is highly recommended and booster doses should be
> administerd during management of wounds. In developing countries neonatal
> tetanus is claiming the lives of many newborns, and WHO is therefore
> actively promoting vaccination efforts in disadvantaged regions. For a
> reference have a look at any textbook (Control of Communicable Diseases
> in Man by A.S.Benenson, 15th Ed. 1990 is very concise) or refer to the
> regularly updated ACIP recommendations on immunizations published by the
> CDC, Atlanta (MMWR series; or check www.cdc.gov).
> --
> Andre P. Burnens MD
> Institute for Veterinary Bacteriology, University of Berne
> Laenggass-Strasse 122, CH-3012 Berne, Switzerland
> Tel. +41 31 631 24 85       Fax. +41 31 631 26 34I concur whole heartedly
Gary Lum
Clinical Microbiologist and Director of Microbiology
Royal Darwin Hospital
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