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The Prevention of Tetanus

Robert M. Heiligman, MD
Arch Intern Med. 1992;152(8):1726-1727. doi:10.1001/archinte.1992.00400200148035.
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To the Editor.—  I would like to point out two errors, one of some importance, that occurred in the article "The Prevention of Tetanus in the Elderly"1 in the September 1991 issue of the Archives.In Table 3 (p 1713), in regard to wound management, it is said that tetanus immune globulin (TIG) would not be given under any circumstances. In fact, the original source (the Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, Ga) for this table says that tetanus immune globulin is given for "all other wounds" when previous immunization is inadequate. Also, the third footnote for Table 3 says that diphtheria and pertussis vaccine should be given to children if pertussis is contraindicated. This should have read diphtheria and tetanus.


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