Mass psychogenic illness following tetanus-diphtheria toxoid vaccination in Jordan.

  title={Mass psychogenic illness following tetanus-diphtheria toxoid vaccination in Jordan.},
  author={Sa'ad Kharabsheh and H Al-Otoum and Janice Clements and Anwar Abbas and Najwa Khuri-Bulos and A Belbesi and Taghrid Gaafar and Nora Dellepiane},
  journal={Bulletin of the World Health Organization},
  volume={79 8},
In September 1998, more than 800 young people in Jordan believed they had suffered from the side-effects of tetanus-diphtheria toxoid vaccine administered at school; 122 of them were admitted to hospital. For the vast majority, their symptoms did not result from the vaccine but arose from mass psychogenic illness. The role played by the media, the children's parents, and the medical profession in the escalation of this mass reaction appeared, at first sight, to be unusual and even unique to the… CONTINUE READING
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