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Status of Immunity to Tetanus, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Polio among U.S. Travelers

Eileen Hilton, MD; Carol Singer, MD; Phyllis Kozarsky, MD; Miriam A. Smith, MD; M. Peter Lardis, BA; and Michael T. Borenstein, PhD
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This work was presented in part at the Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Houston, Texas, 1989.

Requests for Reprints: Eileen Hilton, MD, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Lakeville Road, Room B-202, New Hyde Park, NY 11042.

Current Author Addresses: Drs. Hilton, Singer, Smith, and Borenstein and Mr. Lardis: Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Lakeville Road, Room B-202, New Hyde Park, NY 11042.

Dr. Kozarsky: Emory University School of Medicine, 20 Linden Avenue, Suite 101G, Atlanta, GA 30365.

Ann Intern Med. 1991;115(1):32-33. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-115-1-32
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Visitors to developing countries should be counseled and vaccinated on the basis of data about the prevalence of diseases in the areas to be visited, the traveler's level of immunity, the type of travel, and the length of stay. Little is known about the antibody status of U.S. travelers. To assess their vulnerability, we conducted a serologic survey.

Methods: From July through September 1988, travelers attending the Long Island Jewish Medical Center Travel & Immunization Center (New Hyde Park, New York) and the Travel Well Center at Crawford M. Long Hospital (Atlanta, Georgia) were asked to participate in a pretravel


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