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Lawrenceville, NJ (Dr Charles Simone) – The United Kingdom and other countries do not recommend adult booster shots at all, and the World Health Organization recommends a single adult booster at the time of first pregnancy or during military service.  However, the current recommendations in the U.S. are to give a booster shot for tetanus and diphtheria every ten years.  But a new study shows that adults are protected without booster shots against tetanus and diphtheria for at least 30 years after getting the standard childhood vaccination shots.   https://academic.oup.com/cid/article/62/9/1111/1745278

The chance of dying from tetanus in the U.S. is 1 in 100 million. And there have been only 15 cases of diphtheria in the U.S. in the last 15 years.

Considering the number of adults scheduled to get booster shots at the current recommended 10 year interval, the authors of the study estimate a $280 million health care cost savings each year in the U.S. if the booster schedule were changed to at least the 30 year interval. 

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