Prevalence of measles antibody in children of different ages in Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran.East Mediterr Health J. 2004 Jul-Sep; 10(4-5):468-73.EM
An outbreak of measles due to secondary vaccine failure prompted this investigation into the prevalence of measles antibody in children. We studied 608 children in 7 different age groups: 6, 9, 14 and 18 months and 6, 10 and 15 years. Children in the 2 youngest groups received no vaccination; the rest were vaccinated at 9 months and 15 months. The 15-year-old age group received an additional vaccination. Transplacental measles antibody (Ab) decreased from 10.0% at 6 months to 0% at 9 months. Measles Ab was positive in 52.9% (14 months), 89.4% (18 months), 60.8% 96 years), 45.0% (10 years) and 96.8% (15 years). To increase Ab levels, a booster vaccination is recommended, administered either with the second DPT booster or at pre-high school age.