Childhood Immunizations

Robert J. Kim-Farley, Michael H. Merson, James L. Tulloch, Florian Deisenhammer, Peter Pohl, Gert Grubwieser, Samuel Sepkowitz, Georges Peter

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To the Editor: Dr. Peter's review of childhood immunizations in the United States (Dec. 17 issue)1 mentions policies that differ from those of the World Health Organization (WHO), especially with respect to immunization against cholera and poliomyelitis. We wish to clarify these differences. The WHO does not recommend cholera vaccine for travelers, and no country requires it for entry2. The only available cholera vaccine is of low efficacy and provides at best only short-term immunity. Immunization against cholera may impart a false sense of security, making travelers less likely to use more effective protective measures3. The safety of…

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1420-1422
Number of pages3
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number19
StatePublished - May 13 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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