Title: Serologic testing to verify the immune status of internationally adopted children against vaccine preventable diseases.
Authors: Staat, Mary Allen; Stadler, Laura Patricia; Donauer, Stephanie; Trehan, Indi; Rice, Marilyn; Salisbury, Shelia
Published In Vaccine, (2010 Nov 23)
Abstract: Definitive immunization guidelines for internationally adopted children are lacking. We examined whether these children had serologic evidence of protection against vaccine-preventable diseases. For children with ýýý3 vaccine doses, overall protection was high for diphtheria (85%), tetanus (95%), polio (93%), hepatitis B (77%), and Hib (67%). For children ýýý12 months of age with ýýý1 dose of measles, mumps, or rubella vaccines, 95%, 72%, and 94% were immune, respectively. Children without immunization documentation had lower immunity. Serologic testing was useful in verifying the immunization status in internationally adopted children with and without documentation of immunizations.
PubMed ID: 20937322
MeSH Terms: Adolescent; Adoption*; Antibodies, Viral/blood; Child; Child, Preschool; Diphtheria/prevention & control; Emigrants and Immigrants/statistics & numerical data*; Haemophilus Infections/prevention & control; Hepatitis B/prevention & control; Humans; Infant; Measles-Mumps-Rubella Vaccine/administration & dosage; Poliomyelitis/prevention & control; Serologic Tests; Tetanus/prevention & control; Vaccination/statistics & numerical data*