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Bursa Yuksek Ihtisas Training and Research Hospital
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Introduction: Hepatitis A virus (HAV) infection poses a significant public health problem worldwide, especially in developing countries. This study investigated the effect of vaccination policies on the HAV seropositivity of Syrian immigrants and local Turkish people. Methods: The anti-HAV antibodies of 6007 patients, including 5613 (93.4%) Turks and 394 (6.6%) Syrian suspected of HAV infection, were analyzed by the chemiluminescent microparticle immunoassay (CMIA) method. Results: In our study, total anti-HAV positivity was higher in Turkish patients than in Syrian patients in the 0-9 age group, while in the 10-19, 20-29, and 30-39 age groups, the rate was higher in Syrians. Anti-HAV seropositivity was significantly higher in Turkish male patients than female patients. The young adult and adult age groups of Turks were more at risk of HAV infection, i.e., when the disease is symptomatic. Conclusion: Vaccination of young and young adult seronegative Turks and ensuring Syrian children's participation in the routine vaccination program implemented in our country is a requirement for preventing HAV infection.
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Type of Study: Original article | Subject: Immune responses, deficiencies and vaccine candidates
Received: 2020/09/10 | Accepted: 2020/07/20 | Published: 2020/12/26

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