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3a.3 How effective is the diptheria vaccine?




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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.3 How effective is the diptheria vaccine?

"The fatality rate in immunized populations is one-tenth that in the
unimmunized population. Paralysis is 5 times and 'malignant' disease
15 times less common in immune than in nonimmune individuals."
(Harrison)

 

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