Prevalence of susceptibility to tetanus and diphtheria in health care workers in Catalonia

Maria Esteve, Angela Domínguez, Luis Urbiztondo, Eva Borrás, Josep Costa, Sonia Broner, Magda Campins, Jose Maria Bayas

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Abstract

A seroprevalence study of tetanus and diphtheria was carried out in a sample of 537 health care workers in Catalonia. The prevalence of protective antibodies against tetanus was 93.9% (95% confidence interval: 91.5-95.7). The prevalence of protective antibodies against diphtheria was 46.4% (95% confidence interval: 42.1-50.7). Tetanus protection should be improved in health care workers born before 1975. The immune status against diphtheria was poor, with less than half of people born before 1975 correctly immunized. Copyright © 2012 by the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)896-898
JournalAmerican Journal of Infection Control
Volume40
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Health-care personnel
  • Occupational health program
  • Seroprevalence
  • Vaccination coverage

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