High rate of vaccine failure after administration of acellular pertussis vaccine pre- and post-liver transplantation in children at a children's hospital in Japan

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Abstract

We assessed the serological response to pertussis vaccines administered pre- and post-liver transplantation in 58 pediatric patients at a children's hospital in Japan. A high rate of pertussis vaccine failure was observed, 44.8% against the pertussis toxin and 69.0% against filamentous hemagglutinin, with no difference in the seropositivity rate with respect to the timing of the vaccination during the peritransplant period.

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