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Vaccine. 1992;10(12):853-6.

Seroimmunity to poliomyelitis in an Albanian immigrant population.

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Institute of Hygiene, University of Bari, Italy.

Abstract

The immunity against poliomyelitis in a representative sample of the Albanian population recently immigrant to Italy was evaluated. A significant number of the subjects examined lacked protective antibodies against one or more polioviruses. The most prevalent seronegativity related to poliovirus type 3 (41.3%), followed by poliovirus type 1 (21.5%). This result was more consistent in the younger age groups. Our data suggest the hypothesis that this problem arises from the use of a vaccine of discontinuous efficacy caused by defective preservation. A poliovaccine booster dose for all emigree subjects aged less than 15 years is suggested.

PMID:
1333689
DOI:
10.1016/0264-410x(92)90049-p
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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