Tetanus Immunity in Older Adults

Authors

  • Harry A. Wesche R.N., M.S.,

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    1. Harry A. Wesche and Theresa Overfield, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
      *Address correspondence to Theresa Overfield. R.N., 422 Kimball Tower, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.
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  • Theresa Overfield R.N., M.P.H., Ph.D.

    1. Harry A. Wesche and Theresa Overfield, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.
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*Address correspondence to Theresa Overfield. R.N., 422 Kimball Tower, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT 84602.

Abstract

Abstract The frequency of tetanus has declined little in the past decade. The majority of cases occur in persons over 50 years of age. A sample of 225 blood donors, between the ages of 50 and 68, from a mixed rural-suburban county, were tested for tetanus antitoxin levels. Only 14% had protective levels. This low rate indicates the need for increased attention to tetanus immunizations in older adults.

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