Changes in DT vaccine frequency and indications for use following introduction of DTaP vaccine
Volume 4, Issue 3
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Pages 234 - 237http://dx.doi.org/10.4161/hv.4.3.5517
Authors: Patti J. Benson, Lisa A. Jackson, Thomas G. Rees and John B. Dunn View affiliations
Our population-based study among HMO members under seven years of age in 1993-2000 showed that frequency of diphtheria and tetanus toxoid vaccine (DT) use declined significantly following the introduction of acellular pertussis-containing (DTaP) vaccine. We also observed changes in indications for DT following the transition to DTaP among children under two years of age; notably, a decline in the proportion of children receiving DT due to a reported prior vaccine reaction and an increase in the proportion of children receiving DT due to parental request and a history of pertussis.
Received: August 27, 2007; Accepted: January 6, 2008