Social contact patterns of infants in deciding vaccination strategy: a prospective, cross-sectional, single-centre study

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Oguz M. M. , Camurdan A. D. , Aksakal F. N. , Akcaboy M., Acoglu E. A.

EPIDEMIOLOGY AND INFECTION, cilt.146, sa.9, ss.1157-1166, 2018 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 146 Konu: 9
  • Basım Tarihi: 2018
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1017/s0950268818001048
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1157-1166


Social contact between individuals is believed to be a fundamental cause in the transmission of many respiratory tract infections. Because they have not yet been fully vaccinated, infants are at high risk for contracting whooping cough, influenza and their serious complications. Therefore, determining infant social contact patterns is an important step in protecting them from respiratory tract infection. This study included 1200 healthy infants (<12 months of age). Social contact diaries were used to estimate the frequency and nature of the infants' social contacts. This survey also gathered information regarding the infants' respiratory symptoms and their frequency of attendance at crowded places over a period of 1 week. The diary return rate was 83.8% (N = 1006), and there was a total of 4706 contacts reported for these infants. The median daily contact number per capita was 4 (range 1-18). The median number of contacts with adolescents was 0 (range 0-7). Of the infants, 50.3% had contact with non-household individuals. The mothers had the longest contacts with their babies. Contacts with school children, frequency of attendance at crowded places and age were determined to be significant effective factors for reporting respiratory symptoms. Results suggest that school-age siblings and the mothers should be primarily vaccinated, and parents should keep their babies away from crowded places for protecting their infants.