Journal article

Residual susceptibility to measles among young adults in Victoria, Australia following a national targeted measles-mumps-rubella vaccination campaign

Heath A Kelly, Heather F Gidding, Theo Karapanagiotidis, Jennie A Leydon, Michaela A Riddell

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BIOMED CENTRAL LTD | Published : 2007

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Past measles immunisation policies in Australia have resulted in a cohort of young adults who have been inadequately vaccinated, but who also have low levels of naturally acquired immunity because immunisation programs have decreased the circulation of wild virus. A measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) immunisation campaign aimed at addressing this susceptibility to measles among young adults was conducted in Australia in 2001-2. By estimating age-specific immunity, we aimed to evaluate the success of this campaign in the state of Victoria. METHODS: We conducted serosurveys after the young adult MMR program at state and national levels to estimate immunity among young adults born between ..

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