Tetanus Toxoid in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding
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Tetanus Toxoid
Inactivated toxin of Clostridium tetanus

No evidence exists to indicate that tetanus toxoid administered during pregnancy are teratogenic [1,2]. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends the use of tetanus/diptheria toxoids in pregnant women at risk of acquiring disease or in women who have not recieved a booster within the past ten years [3].

BREAST FEEDING: Compatible [4].

1. Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis: Recommendations for Vaccine Use and Other Preventive Measures Recommendations of the Immunization Practices Advisory Committee (ACIP) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report August 08, 1991 / 40(RR10);1-28
2. Silveira CM, Caceres VM, Dutra MG et al: Safety of tetanus toxoid in pregnant women: A hospital-based case-control study of congenital anomalies. Bull WHO 73:605-608, 1995.MEDLINE
3. ACOG Committee Opinion. Immunization during pregnancy.Obstet Gynecol. 2003 ;101:207-12. MEDLINE
4.Breastfeeding and Maternal Medication. Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model list of Essential Drugs. pp 23-24 World Health Organization, 2002. 20 Avenue Appia ,1211 Geneva ,Switzerland
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Created: 11/27/2002
Last Update: 11/30/2003

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