Maternal rubella-specific antibody prevalence in Ethiopian infants
UNSPECIFIED (2000) Maternal rubella-specific antibody prevalence in Ethiopian infants. TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE, 94 (3). pp. 333-340. ISSN 0035-9203Full text not available from this repository.
In countries with a high transmission rate of rubella the optimal age for universal rubella vaccination of infants is critically dependent upon the rate of loss of maternal antibodies. Few studies have investigated the decay characteristics of such antibodies. Mother:infant pairs were recruited at the Ethio-Swedish Children's Hospital, Addis Ababa, in 1994/95. Rubella antibody levels, determined by radial haemolysis, were available for analysis from 1542 Infants aged 0-12 months, with 942 repeat measures, and from 846 mothers. Decay in seropositivity was well described by a delayed exponential function. The proportion seropositive at age 6, 9, or 12 months was 6-13%, 1-4%, or 0-1%, respectively, dependent upon assay cut-off level. Only infant age and mother's antibody level were important predictors of seropositivity. Results suggest that the success of vaccination at age 9 months or above would be little affected by residual maternal antibodies.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
|Journal or Publication Title:||TRANSACTIONS OF THE ROYAL SOCIETY OF TROPICAL MEDICINE AND HYGIENE|
|Publisher:||ROYAL SOC TROPICAL MEDICINE|
|Number of Pages:||8|
|Page Range:||pp. 333-340|
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