The Indian Journal of Pediatrics

, Volume 77, Issue 8, pp 879–883

Evaluation of a mass measles vaccination campaign among school children aged 7–14 years old in Denizli, Turkey

  • A. I. Bozkurt
  • M. Bostanci
  • N. Cevahir
  • Ahmet Ergin
  • I. Sancak
  • B. Yilmaz
  • B. Çatak
Original Article

DOI: 10.1007/s12098-010-0124-z

Cite this article as:
Bozkurt, A.I., Bostanci, M., Cevahir, N. et al. Indian J Pediatr (2010) 77: 879. doi:10.1007/s12098-010-0124-z

Abstract

Objective

To determine the pre-campaign level of measles seropositivity and to evaluate the effect of a mass measles vaccination campaign on measles seroposivity among primary school children in Denizli, Turkey.

Methods

The study was completed in two socioeconomically different areas of Denizli, Turkey, with a sample size of 520 students. One primary school from each area and one classroom from each grade were randomly included in the sample. Before and 2-months after the measles mass vaccinations, blood samples were collected from the students and measles specific IgGs were studied.

Results

The pre-campaign overall seropositivity was 74.7%. Post-campaign overall seropositivity increased to 96.5%. Pre-campaign seropositivity among 8-graders was significantly lower than that in other grades (57.5%, p<0.001) and the difference was explained by the number of vaccinations 8-graders received. Except for the number of vaccination doses, other factors did not have any effect on seropositivity.

Conclusions

The mass measles vaccination programs have a potential to control measles for developing countries. In addition, more than one dose of measles vaccination is required for developing countries.

Key words

VaccinesMeaslesChildrenPublic health

Copyright information

© Dr. K C Chaudhuri Foundation 2010

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. I. Bozkurt
    • 1
  • M. Bostanci
    • 1
  • N. Cevahir
    • 2
  • Ahmet Ergin
    • 1
    • 4
  • I. Sancak
    • 3
  • B. Yilmaz
    • 1
  • B. Çatak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Public HealthPamukkale UniversityDenizliTurkey
  2. 2.Department of MicrobiologyPamukkale UniversityDenizliTurkey
  3. 3.Denizli Directory of HealthCommunicable Disease SectionDenizliTurkey
  4. 4.PAU Tip Fakultesi Kinikli KampusuKinikli DenizliTurkey