Seroprevalence of hepatitis A virus antibodies among a sample of Egyptian children
AbstractWe 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
Abdal Aziz, A.M. & Awad, M.A.M. (2008). Seroprevalence of hepatitis A virus antibodies among a sample of Egyptian children. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117524
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 14 (5), 1028-1035, 2008
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