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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2013 Nov;32(11):1287-9. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31829b9ff0.

Association of postpartum maternal tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis vaccine administration and timeliness of infant immunization.

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  • 1From the *Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia;†Einstein Community Health Associates, Philadelphia, PA; ‡Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; §Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Einstein Healthcare Network; and ¶Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA.


A retrospective cohort study was conducted on infants of mothers delivering at an inner-city hospital in October 2009 where postpartum maternal tetanus toxoid, reduced diptheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination had been initiated in May 2008. We compared mothers and infants in a Tdap intervention group discharged July 2008 (n=250) with a pre-Tdap control group discharged July 2007 (n=238). Postpartum maternal Tdap impacted positively timeliness of early infant immunization.

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