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, 19 (4), e120-e131

Maternal Immunisation to Improve the Health of HIV-exposed Infants


Maternal Immunisation to Improve the Health of HIV-exposed Infants

Angela M Bengtson et al. Lancet Infect Dis.


HIV-exposed but uninfected (HEU) infants are at an increased risk of many infectious diseases that can contribute to the high mortality seen among HEU children. Maternal immunisation could be a promising strategy to reduce infections in HEU infants. However, very little research has explored the effect of HIV on the immunogenicity and effectiveness of vaccines given during pregnancy. We review the available evidence on maternal immunisation among women living with HIV (WLWH) for all vaccines recommended, considered, or being investigated for routine or risk-based use during pregnancy. Of the 11 vaccines included, only three have been investigated in WLWH. Available evidence suggests that maternal HIV infection limits the immunogenicity of several vaccines, leaving HEU infants more susceptible to infection during their first few months of life. Whether maternal immunisation reduces the infectious morbidity and mortality associated with infectious diseases in HEU children remains unknown. We conclude the Review by identifying future research priorities.

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Declaration of interests

AMB reports a grant from National Institute of Mental Health during the conduct of the study. BLH is a scientific adviser to Merck for their cytomegalovirus vaccine program. All other authors declare no competing interests.

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