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J Trop Pediatr. 1996 Jun;42(3):144-5. doi: 10.1093/tropej/42.3.144.

Response of Egyptian infants with protein calorie malnutrition to hepatitis B vaccination.

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Pediatric Department of Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract

The response to recombinant hepatitis B vaccine was assessed in 31 seronegative infants (2-26 months old) with protein calorie malnutrition (PCM), compared with 13 seronegative age- and sex-matched healthy infants. Both groups received three 10 micrograms vaccine doses at 0, 1, and 6 months. At month 8, all healthy infants and 87 per cent (27 out of 31) of PCM infants were seroprotected. Thus, hepatitis B vaccination (Engerix-B, SmithKline Beecham Biologicals) can be used effectively in PCM for mass vaccination in developing communities.

PMID:
8699579
DOI:
10.1093/tropej/42.3.144
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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