Immunity after (re)vaccination of paediatric patients following haematopoietic stem cell transplantation
ABSTRACT Loss of specific immunity follows allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in the majority of cases. Responses to (re)vaccinations can be used as indicators of a functional immunological recovery.
Twenty-three paediatric recipients of HSCT were enrolled in a single centre setting and responses to scheduled immunizations analysed.
Immunity to vaccine-preventable diseases was impaired post HSCT, but (re)vaccinations induced protective responses in 59-100%, depending on the vaccine, regardless of prior graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) history.
Despite the marked impact of moderate to severe chronic prior GVHD on both the qualitative and quantitative T-cell recovery post allogenic HSCT, most paediatric recipients of allogeneic stem cell grafts appear to attain protective antibody levels after immunization.
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