Missed opportunities for tetanus vaccination in pregnant women, and factors associated with seropositivity


PUBLIC HEALTH, cilt.118, sa.5, ss.377-382, 2004 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 118 Konu: 5
  • Basım Tarihi: 2004
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.puhe.2003.12.011
  • Dergi Adı: PUBLIC HEALTH
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.377-382


The aim of this study was to identify the seroprevalance rate of tetanus and to determine missed opportunities for tetanus vaccination. Two hundred and twenty-seven female volunteers who were hospitalized following delivery participated in the study. Blood samples were analyzed using enzyme-linked immunoassay to measure tetanus antibody levels. In addition, a questionnaire was used to investigate the factors associated with vaccination status. Sixty-five percent of the study participants had safe protective levels of antibodies. Factors associated with antibody level were age, level of education and number of doses.