oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Optimal age for vaccinating Zimbabwean children against measles

Volume 30, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



One hundred and sixty-eight pairs of mothers' and cord blood samples were examined for the presence of measles haemagglutination inhibiting antibodies. The HI antibodies were present in 98% of mothers' blood and 97% of cord blood, suggesting w{de prevalence of measles virus in local population. The antibody titre remained virtually the same at three months. At six months 68% of the children were without detectable antibodies. No significant difference in children's susceptibility to measles was found between the ages of six and ten months.

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