Efficacy of diphtheria and tetanus vaccination in Gaza, Palestine
AbstractThis study evaluated the effectiveness and usefulness of vaccination against diphtheria and tetanus in different age groups in Gaza, Palestine. Blood samples were collected from 180 children aged < 12 years, 90 males and 90 females. Using ELISA methods, the efficacy of vaccination was estimated at 87.8% for diphtheria and 98.3% for tetanus. Mean serum titres varied significantly by age group: for diphtheria 0.24 IU/mL at age 2-4 years, 0.63 IU/mL at 7-8 years and 0.46 IU/mL at 11-12 years, and for tetanus 1.01 IU/mL, 2.63 IU/mL and 1.20 IU/mL respectively. The relatively low antibody titres, especially for diphtheria, suggest the need for a booster dose
Al Aswad, I.H. & Shubair, M.E. (2009). Efficacy of diphtheria and tetanus vaccination in Gaza, Palestine. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117637
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 15 (2), 285-294, 2009
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