oa South African Medical Journal - Age for diphtheria immunization in South Africa

Volume 17, Issue 21
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



The incidence of diphtheria in South Africa is rising because the immunization that is being carried out is insufficient. This is due to the majority of inoculation being done in the late pre-school and school-going age, a period in which the incidence is already on a steep decline. A standardized method for keeping immunization records throughout the Union is strongly recommended and a copy, on a standard card, should be given to the individual to be retained by him as carefully as a passport. The card has provision for all types of inoculations. Its introduction would prove invaluable in averting much of the present confusion amongst the public, as well as simplifying the task of any future medical attendant. It would also stimulate a greater interest in preventable diseases.

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