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Association of Postpartum Maternal Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Administration and Timeliness of Infant Immunization

Kaur, Ishminder MD*; George, Krissa J. MD; Pena-Ricardo, Carolina MD; Kelly, Barbara A. MD§; Watson, Barbara MBChB, FRCP, DCH

The Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal: November 2013 - Volume 32 - Issue 11 - p 1287–1289
doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31829b9ff0
Brief Reports

A retrospective cohort study was conducted on infants of mothers delivering at an inner-city hospital in October 2009 where postpartum maternal tetanus toxoid, reduced diptheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccination had been initiated in May 2008. We compared mothers and infants in a Tdap intervention group discharged July 2008 (n = 250) with a pre-Tdap control group discharged July 2007 (n = 238). Postpartum maternal Tdap impacted positively timeliness of early infant immunization.

From the *Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia;Einstein Community Health Associates, Philadelphia, PA; Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA; §Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Einstein Healthcare Network; and Philadelphia Department of Public Health, Philadelphia, PA.

Accepted for publication May 3, 2013.

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Address for correspondence: Ishminder Kaur, MD, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia, 5501 Old York Road, Paley-1, Philadelphia, PA 19141. E-mail:

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