Varicella and measles infection represents a significant source of morbidity and mortality for pediatric LT recipients. We evaluated the prevalence and correlates of post-transplant immunity in pediatric LT recipients previously immunized against measles (n = 72) and varicella (n = 67). Sixteen of seventy-two (22%) patients were measles non-immune, and 42/67 (63%) were varicella non-immune after LT. Median time from LT to titers for measles and varicella was 4.0 and 3.3 years, respectively. In the measles cohort, non-immune patients received fewer pretransplant vaccine doses (P = 0.026) and were younger at both time of vaccination (P = 0.006) and LT (P = 0.004) compared with immune patients. Upon multivariable analysis, weight > 10 kg at LT (OR 5.91, 95% CI 1.27-27.41) and technical variant graft (OR 0.07, 95% CI 0.01-0.37) were independently, significantly associated with measles immunity. In the varicella cohort, non-immune patients received fewer pretransplant vaccine doses (P = 0.028), were younger at transplant (P = 0.022), and had less time lapse between their last vaccine and transplant (P = 0.012) compared with immune patients. Upon multivariate analysis, time > 1 year from last vaccine to LT was independently, significantly associated with varicella immunity (OR 3.78, CI 1.30-11.01). This study demonstrates that non-immunity to measles and varicella is a prevalent problem after liver transplantation in children and identifies 3 unique risk factors for non-immunity in this high-risk population.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health