ECDC publishes annual epidemiological report on tetanus for 2017

02 July 2019

Article: 53/2603

On 28 June 2019, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) published the Tetanus Annual Epidemiological Report for 2017. Eighty-two cases of tetanus, including forty-six confirmed cases, were reported in the EU/EEA in 2017.

Adults aged 65 years and above were the most affected age group, with women accounting for the majority of the cases. Cases tended to occur more frequently in the warmer months, which are associated with higher levels of outdoor activity. The current epidemiology of tetanus in the EU/EEA may be explained by lower vaccination coverage or waning immunity in older populations. Due to the severity of tetanus, there is a need to maintain high vaccination rates in all age groups and continue developing and implementing strategies to protect specific groups, particularly the elderly, in countries with higher rates of disease.

Source: ECDC, 28 June 2019