IgG antibody prevalence suggests high immunization needs in newcomers to Luxembourg, 2012

Judith M. Hübschen*, Emilie Charpentier, Pierre Weicherding, Claude P. Muller

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Vaccine coverage of the general population in Luxembourg is high, but refugees or asylum seekers may be incompletely vaccinated and susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases. In order to assess protection rates, serum and oral fluid samples were collected from 406 newcomers aged between 13 and 70 years arriving between May and September 2012. Sera were screened for IgG antibodies against measles, rubella, mumps, hepatitis B, tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis. Oral fluid samples were screened for antibodies against measles, mumps and rubella virus to investigate their suitability for antibody prevalence studies. More than 90% of the participants had IgG antibodies against rubella, 73% against measles and 56% against mumps. Less than 19% had anti-HBs antibodies. Nearly 84% of the participants had an adequate protection against tetanus, 73% against diphtheria and 40% had pertussis antibodies. 93%, 95% and 78% of the measles, rubella and mumps test results obtained with serum and oral fluid were concordant. The majority of the participants lacked antibodies against at least one of the measles/mumps/rubella (58%) and diphtheria/tetanus/pertussis (72%) vaccine components and against hepatitis B virus (82%) and might thus profit from vaccination. Oral fluid is a suitable alternative and non-invasive specimen for measles/rubella antibody prevalence studies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)899-905
Number of pages7
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


  • Diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine
  • Hepatitis B
  • Hepatitis C
  • Measles-mumps-rubella vaccine
  • Vaccine-preventable diseases


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