A serological survey intended to evaluate the causes of the high incidence of frequent outbreaks of measles in the cities of Curitiba and S. José dos Pinhais, Paraná, shows that of children vaccinated between 7 and 10 months of age, only 44% are protected, whereas in those vaccinated between the 11th and 15th months, the level of protection rises to 65.1%. Samples taken in non-vaccinated children at the 5th, 6th and 7th months of age showed protection level of 56.7%, 28.6% and 14.8% respectively. The children vaccinated during the 7th and 8th months of age had a percentage of protection of 50.8, and those vaccinated from the 9th month on, a percentage of 75.75. The geometric averages of antibody titers are also lower in those vaccinated before 9 months of age as compared to those vaccinated after this age.
Measles; Serological surveys