Serum-epidemiological survey in a group of illegal immigrates for the evaluation of immunity against vaccine-preventable diseases in Italy

Stefania Bruno, Donno Stefania, Stefania Donno, Federico Bruno, Bruno Federico, Geraci Salvatore, Maisano Bianca, Monteduro Maria Donata, Maria Donata Monteduro, Oryakhail Arif, Mohammad Arif Oryakhail, Stefania Boccia, Gianfranco Damiani, Walter Ricciardi

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Background: During the period May 2004 – December 2005 a serum epidemiological survey for preventable diseases through compulsory vaccination in Italy (diphtheria, tetanus, poliovirus, and hepatitis B) and rubella in women was performed in a group of adult and illegal immigrants living in Rome, to evaluate the relationship between vaccination coverage and socio-demographic characteristics. Methods: Serological exams were carried out by Elisa test (for rubella, tetanus, diphtheria and hepatitis B) and by neutralizing antibody titration (Poliovirus). Both descriptive analyses and inferential statistics (hypothesis tests) were used. Results: Out of 667 immigrants who were invited, 318 of them participated in the study (participation rate = 47.6 %). The percentages of immunized individuals were: 39.1% for diphtheria (basic immunization 59.3%), 74.8% for tetanus, 74.1% for poliomyelitis, and 94.7% for rubella. Among Eastern European subjects, Poliovirus vaccination coverage was lower than 70%. With regard to rubella, African women had the lowest coverage (87.5%). Only 2.8% was vaccinated against hepatitis B. Over half of immigrants were healthy carriers for HBV. Conclusions: Our results underline the unexpressed health needs of the migrant population. European countries should pay more attention to promote immigrants’ health since their entrance in the new communities.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)e9959-1-e9959-9
Numero di pagine9
RivistaEpidemiology Biostatistics and Public Health
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2014


  • Immigrants’health
  • Serum–epidemiological survey
  • Vaccination coverage
  • Vaccinations


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