In Italy, although vaccination has been recommended for a number of years, vaccination coverage formumps is still sub-optimal. The objective of the present study was to evaluate the seroprevalence ofmumps antibodies in the Italian population, stratified by age, gender and geographical area. The proportionof individuals positive for mumps antibodies remained stable in the age classes 0–11 months and 1year (25.4% and 30.8%, respectively) and showed a continuous increase after the second year of life. Thepercentage of susceptible individuals was higher than 20% in persons 2–14 years of age and exceeded10% in persons 15–39 years of age. No statistically significant differences were observed by gender orgeographical area. Comparison between these results and the data obtained from a 1996 survey showeda statistically significant increase in seroprevalence in the age class 2–4 years. No changes were observedin the other age-groups. The results of this study confirm that the efforts made in recent years to improvevaccination coverage within the second year of life should be strengthened.
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2008|
- Molecular Medicine
- General Immunology and Microbiology
- General Veterinary
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Infectious Diseases