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3a.10 How common was tetanus before routine vaccination, and how common is it now?




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This article is from the Childhood Vaccinations FAQ, by Lynn Gazis-Sax lynng@alsirat.com with numerous contributions by others.

3a.10 How common was tetanus before routine vaccination, and how common is it now?

300,000 to 500,000 cases are reported worldwide, with a mortality of
about 45%. In the US, there are about 100 cases a year, with a
mortality of 40-60% (Harrison).

 

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