Half-dose immunization for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis: response of preterm infants.


The American Academy of Pediatrics currently recommends administering full-dose diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, (DTP) vaccine to preterm infants, beginning at 2 months' chronologic age. Many physicians, however, continue to administer DTP vaccine at a reduced dosage in an attempt to lessen side effects. This study was designed to quantitate the immune… (More)