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Çocuklarda Hepatit A Seropozitivitesi ve Sosyoekonomik Faktörlerle İlişkisi [Zeynep Kamil Med J]
Zeynep Kamil Med J. 2011; 42(4): 175-179

Çocuklarda Hepatit A Seropozitivitesi ve Sosyoekonomik Faktörlerle İlişkisi

Abdulkadir Bozaykut, Vildan Akcan, Rabia Gönül Sezer, Cem Paketci, Lale Pulat Seren, Ahu Paketçi
Zeynep Kamil Kadın Doğum ve Çocuk Hastalıkları Eğitim ve Araştırma Hastanesi, Çocuk Sağlığı ve Hastalıkları, Süt Çoçuğu Klniği

INTRODUCTION: The purpose of this study was to determine the seropositivity of Hepatitis A virus (HAV) in children between the ages of 2-18 and to establish the relationship of socioeconomic factors.
METHODS: A total of 400 children, from the pediatric clinics of Zeynep Kamil Maternity and Children’s Diseases Training and Research
State Hospital, between the ages of 2-18 who were not vaccinated with Hepatitis A vaccine were included in the study. A survey about the
sociodemographic characteristics of families was performed. Anti-HAV Ig G level was determined with the method of ELISA.
RESULTS: The anti-HAV seropositivity was 12.5 % in children between the ages of 2-18. There was a statistically significant relationship between HAV seropositivity and socioeconomic level, history of jaundice, having preschool education under the age of 6 (p<0,05).
DISCUSSION AND CONCLUSION: We have found a lower seropositivity rate compared to other national studies. This situation in our country made us think that the age
of first contact with HAV is increasing. Therefore, there is a high risk for symptomatic HAV infection in adolescents and young adults, also because our country is in middle endemisity area, the starting of the routine hepatitis A vaccination programme by Ministry of Health will decrease the risk of future epidemics.

Keywords: Hepatit A, seropozitivite, sosyoekonomik düzey, HAV IgG

Abdulkadir Bozaykut, Vildan Akcan, Rabia Gönül Sezer, Cem Paketci, Lale Pulat Seren, Ahu Paketçi. Çocuklarda Hepatit A Seropozitivitesi ve Sosyoekonomik Faktörlerle İlişkisi. Zeynep Kamil Med J. 2011; 42(4): 175-179

Corresponding Author: Rabia Gönül Sezer, Türkiye
Manuscript Language: English
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