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J Infect Dis. 2001 Nov 1;184(9):1211-5. Epub 2001 Sep 25.

Avidity and subclasses of IgG after immunization of infants with an 11-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine with or without aluminum adjuvant.

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Department of Vaccines, Vaccine Immunology Laboratory, National Public Health Institute, Mannerheimintie 166, 00300 Helsinki, Finland.


Finnish and Israeli infants received an 11-valent mixed-carrier pneumococcal conjugate vaccine with or without aluminum adjuvant at 2, 4, 6, and 12 months of age. The relative avidity of serotype 1-, 5-, 6B-, 14-, 19F-, and 23F-specific IgG antibodies in serum obtained at 7, 12, and 13 months of age was measured by EIA, using thiocyanate as a chaotropic agent. For all serotypes, except 14, avidity increased between the ages of 7 and 12 months. After boosting at 12 months, avidity further increased for all serotypes. The adjuvant improved antibody avidity against serotype 5. The IgG antibodies produced were mainly IgG1 subclass, although some infants also produced IgG2 after boosting. In conclusion, the immunization of infants with this 11-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine increased avidity of IgG, suggesting successful immunologic priming.

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