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MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2012 Jan 27;61(3):55-6.

Notes from the field : use of tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis vaccine (Tdap) in an Emergency Department - Arizona, 2009-2010.


Because of an increasing incidence of reported pertussis cases attributed to waning immunity among adults and adolescents, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in 2005 recommended administration of a new, combined tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid, and acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) for adolescents and adults aged 11-64 years. ACIP recommended that they receive a single dose of Tdap to replace tetanus and diphtheria toxoid vaccine (Td) for booster immunization against tetanus and diphtheria if they had not previously received Tdap. Adults aged ≥65 years were to receive Td according to ACIP recommendations. To learn whether these age-specific recommendations were being followed in an emergency department (ED), the charts of a sample of patients receiving tetanus vaccines at a large ED were reviewed.

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