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Med Mal Infect. 2004 Oct;34(10):460-8.

[Regional variations of adult population vaccinal status].

[Article in French]

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Service de maladies infectieuses, Hôtel-Dieu, Clermont-Ferrand, France.



The authors had for aim to study the regional variations of vaccination coverage in adult population.


Cross-sectional epidemiological study, including a representative sample of 2122 general practitioners and analyzed according to eight French regions.


Six thousand two hundred sixty-nine patients, 44 +/- 15 old, were included in the study. 90.5% of the patients were vaccinated against diphtheria, 94.4% against tetanus, and 92.6% against poliomyelitis. No difference between regions was noted but the rate of patients with up to date vaccination strongly differed, ranging from 54.8% (Paris/Ile de France) to 64.3% (South West) for diphtheria, from 60.4% (Paris/Ile de France) to 73% (South West) for tetanus, and from 58.8% (Paris/Ile de France) to 69.8% (South West) for poliomyelitis. Vaccination coverage against measles, parotiditis, hepatitis A and B, typhoid fever, yellow fever also significantly differed between regions and the only ones evenly distributed were vaccination against tuberculosis, meningococcus, and pneumococcus.


These results show insufficient vaccination coverage against diphtheria, tetanus, and poliomyelitis in all regions and show other important variations in vaccination coverage between regions, especially for hepatitis A and B.

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