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Changing pattern of neonatal susceptibility to hemophilus influenzae

Authors
Journal
The Journal of Pediatrics
0022-3476
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
78
Issue
6
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/s0022-3476(71)80423-7

Abstract

In a study of neonatal and maternal sera, bactericidal antibody to Hemphilus influenzae B was demonstrated in only 10 per cent of newborn infants (cord blood) and in 25 per cent of mothers. These data represent a reversal of the findings of Fothergill and Wright in 1933, when 90 per cent of the blood from neonates was shown to have bactericidal antibody to this organism. A shift in neonatal susceptibility to H. influenzae is suggssted by these results.

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