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Title: Seroprevalence of hepatitis A virus antibodies among a sample of Egyptian children
Authors: Abdal Aziz, A.M.
Awad, M.A.M.
Issue Date: 2008
Language: English
Abstract: We determined the seroprevalence of hepatitis A virus antibodies [HAV Ab] among 296 Egyptian children aged 2.5-18 years of different social classes to ascertain whether to give HAV vaccine early in life or to leave children to acquire natural immunity. Overall 61.4% were seropositive for HAV Ab. There was a significant increase in the seroprevalence of HAV Ab with higher age and lower social class; in children aged < 6 years, 72.7% of high and 19.0% of low social class were seronegative for HAV Ab. A national vaccination programme for HAV is not a priority. We recommend vaccination against hepatitis A for high social class children at the preschool period without testing for HAV. Vaccination for middle social class children can be done, but only after testing for HAV
Description: 1028-1035
Keywords: Prevalence
Age Distribution
Hepatitis A Vaccines
Social Class
Subject: Hepatitis A Antibodies
ISSN: 1020-3397
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