Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Tetanus in injecting drug users

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 27 January 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:208

Rapid Response:

Does prevention always work?

Dear Sir,

A question to Roger Weeks.

How many of the adult cases he saw, or treated, were already

Also, given that the immune system of drug addicts etc, are severely
stressed to the point of being trashed, is there nothing else Dr Week can
think to offer in order to help these people, other than more pure poison?

Might not some attempt to assist the immune system in the first
place, be more to the point?

Hilary Butler.

Competing interests:
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Competing interests: No competing interests

01 February 2005
Hilary Butler
freelance journalist
home 1892, New Zealand.