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Unprotected People Stories: Tetanus

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FORMAT AGE TITLE SUMMARY PUBLISHED
HTML   PDF Newborn
to 14 yrs.
"Philosophic objection to vaccination as a risk for tetanus among children younger than 15 years" Story #62: After reviewing tetanus cases in children younger than 15 years, the authors conclude the majority of the children were unvaccinated on philosophic or religious grounds.  10/31/03
HTML   PDF Various "Tetanus among injecting-drug users--California, 1997" Story #61: A summary of 27 tetanus cases among injecting-drug users (IDUs) concludes that each clinical encounter with an IDU should include assessment for tetanus vaccination and vaccine administration if needed. 10/31/03
HTML   PDF 76 yrs. "Death from tetanus after a pretibial laceration" Story #60: The tetanus death of an English woman is attributed to failure to follow established guidelines for immunoprophylaxis in treating tetanus-prone wounds. 10/31/03
HTML   PDF Young
adult
"Blindsided by tetanus" Story #59: Dr. Claire Panosian Dunavan relates her experience diagnosing and treating an unvaccinated immigrant brought to a hospital emergency room with seizures. 10/31/03
HTML   PDF 61 yrs. "Tetanus killed woman after fall in garden" and "Woman’s death could speed action on tetanus vaccinations for older people" Story #58: Four weeks after cutting her face during a fall in her garden in England, Sheila Creighton dies from tetanus. 10/31/03
HTML   PDF Older
adults
"Tetanus-Puerto Rico, 2002" Story #48: The deaths of two men over 60 years of age from tetanus, and the 7-week hospitalization of another, serve as a powerful reminder that "adults aged 60 years or greater are at greatest risk for tetanus and tetanus-related mortality." 8/8/02
HTML   PDF Older
adult
"Tetanus is far more than a "rusty nail" disease" Story #16: A daughter describes her mother's unexpected and painful death from tetanus, presumably contracted during gardening. 5/3/99
HTML   PDF Newborn "Montana newborn of an unvaccinated mother contracts neonatal tetanus after application of nonsterile clay to the umbilical cord" Story #7: A newborn is hospitalized with neonatal tetanus after her parents follow a midwife's advice to apply a powdered "health and beauty clay" to the umbilical cord. 12/15/98
 
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