Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis Immunization by Intradermal Jet InjectionBr Med J 1972; 2 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.2.5807.197 (Published 22 April 1972) Cite this as: Br Med J 1972;2:197
- J. P. Stanfield,
- P. M. Bracken,
- K. M. Waddell,
- D. Gall
An intradermal jet injector was used to administer combined diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (D.T.P.) vaccines to infants aged 2 to 12 months. A second dose was given one month after the first and a third six months after the second. Each dose was considerably smaller than the standard intramuscular dose. Blood samples taken one month after the third dose showed a satisfactory diphtheria and tetanus antitoxin response in all but a few cases. The antibody response to the pertussis component was not examined. Reactions were insignificant. Intradermal jet injection is proposed as a cheap, extremely rapid, and effective technique for D.T.P. immunization, especially suitable for use in remote areas where trained staff and facilities are few and many children require immunization.