We prospectively measured pertussis-specific antibodies 9-15 months after delivery in women immunized with tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap) after the 20th week of their recent pregnancy. The Tdap-immunized women (n = 38) exhibited a decline in geometric mean concentrations between their peripartum and follow-up levels for immunoglobulin G to pertussis toxin (21.48 [95% confidence interval, 12.51-36.89] vs 11.72 [7.09-19.37] IU/mL];); filamentous hemagglutinin (185.95 [157.93-218.94] vs 140.33 IU/mL [113.46-173.57] IU/mL); and pertactin (171.52 [120.73-243.67] vs 83.74 [60.58-115.75] IU/mL) (all P < .001). For women immunized with Tdap during late pregnancy, pertussis-specific immunoglobulin G levels decreased significantly 9-15 months after delivery.
Keywords: immunoglobulin G; maternal immunization; pertussis; pertussis toxin; tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis.
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