Immunogenicity of one dose of Vero cell culture-derived Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine in adults previously vaccinated with mouse brain-derived JE vaccine

Department of Operational Infectious Diseases, Naval Health Research Center, San Diego, CA 92106, USA.
Vaccine (Impact Factor: 3.49). 03/2012; 30(20):3090-6. DOI: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2012.02.063
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ABSTRACT There are no data on the use of inactivated Vero cell culture-derived Japanese encephalitis (JE) vaccine (JE-VC) as a booster among individuals who previously received inactivated mouse brain-derived JE vaccine (JE-MB).
Military personnel who received ≥3 doses of JE-MB or were JE vaccine-naïve were vaccinated with 2 doses of JE-VC on days 0 and 28. Serum neutralizing antibodies were measured pre-vaccination and 28 days after each dose. Non-inferiority was evaluated for seroprotection rate and geometric mean titer (GMT) between previously vaccinated participants post-dose 1 and vaccine-naïve participants post-dose 2.
Fifty-three previously vaccinated and 70 JE vaccine-naïve participants were enrolled. Previously vaccinated participants had significantly higher GMTs pre-vaccination, post-dose 1, and post-dose 2. Seroprotection rates among previously vaccinated participants post-dose 1 (44/44, 100%) were noninferior to those achieved in previously naïve participants post-dose 2 (53/57, 93%). The GMT was significantly higher in previously vaccinated participants post-dose 1 (GMT 315; 95% CI 191-520) compared to previously naïve participants post-dose 2 (GMT 79; 95% CI 54-114).
Among military personnel previously vaccinated with ≥3 doses of JE-MB, a single dose of JE-VC adequately boosts neutralizing antibody levels and provides at least short-term protection. Additional studies are needed to confirm these findings in other populations and determine the duration of protection following a single dose of JE-VC in prior recipients of JE-MB.

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