Volume 82, Issue 4
  • ISSN: 0002-9637
  • E-ISSN: 1476-1645



is a gram-negative bacillus that causes the highly contagious disease known as pertussis or whooping cough. Antibody response in children may vary depending on the vaccination schedule and the product used. In this study, we have analyzed the antibody response of cellular pertussis vaccinated children against strains and their virulence factors, such as pertussis toxin, pertactin, and filamentous hemagglutinin. After the completion of the immunization process, according to the Brazilian vaccination program, children serum samples were collected at different periods of time, and tested for the presence of specific antibodies and antigenic cross-reactivity. Results obtained show that children immunized with three doses of the Brazilian whole-cell pertussis vaccine present high levels of serum antibodies capable of recognizing the majority of the components present in vaccinal and non-vaccinal strains and their virulence factors for at least 2 years after the completion of the immunization procedure.


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  • Received : 21 Aug 2009
  • Accepted : 12 Oct 2009
  • Published online : 05 Apr 2010

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