Prevalence of susceptibility to tetanus and diphtheria in health care workers in Catalonia.
Authors: Esteve M,Domínguez A,Urbiztondo L,Borrás E,Costa J,Broner S,Campins M,Bayas JM,Working Group for the Study of the Immune Status in Healthcare Workers in Catalonia,Amores J,Catalán T,Company A,Cortés M,Diez C,Domenech E,Esteva X,Funes J,Llobet R,Marinetto A,Plana M,Sol J,Tarragó A,Vendrell M,Barbé E,Peña J,Villarte M,de Vilanova A,Bàsica U,Pirineu PL,Mestre M,Carbajo P,XXIII J,Casas I,Guerola R,Gascó A,Viladecans H,Ayora A,Bravo I,Labarta R,Matllo J,Varela P,Espuñes J,Moreno R,Martínez M,
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Journal: Am J Infect Control.
Publication: 2012 Nov;40(9):896-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2011.11.012. Epub 2012 Mar 2.
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.
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