The prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis a among preschool children in an urban setting in Turkey


Creative Commons License

Ungan M., Yaman H., Taheri N.

JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS, cilt.48, ss.180-182, 2002 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 48 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2002
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1093/tropej/48.3.180
  • Dergi Adı: JOURNAL OF TROPICAL PEDIATRICS
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.180-182

Özet

The prevalence of antibodies to hepatitis A virus (HAV) was investigated in 114 children (59.7 per cent males) aged 4-6 years, in the campus area of Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey. The prevalence of hepatitis A antibody in this age group was 11.4 per cent (13/114). The rate of immunized children against hepatitis A was 3.65 per cent (5/137). In conclusion the prevalence of anti-HAV demonstrates the susceptibility of other preschool children to hepatitis A. This may be a cause for considering hepatitis A vaccination before preschool attendance in Turkey.