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East Mediterr Health J. 2009 Mar-Apr;15(2):285-94.

Efficacy of diphtheria and tetanus vaccination in Gaza, Palestine.

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Department of Medical Technology, Faculty of Science, The Islamic University Gaza, Palestine. ialaswad@mail.iugaza.edu.ps

Abstract

This 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.

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