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Evaluation of Cold-Adapted, Reassortant Influenza B Virus Vaccines in Elderly and Chronically III Adults

Department of Medicine, University of Rochester School of Medicine, New York 14642.
The Journal of Infectious Diseases (Impact Factor: 6). 02/1994; 169(2):402-7. DOI: 10.1093/infdis/169.2.402
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The safety and immunogenicity of two recent cold-adapted reassortant influenza B viruses were evaluated in persons at high risk for influenza-related morbidity and mortality. Ambulatory adults > 65 years old or with chronic high-risk conditions were randomly assigned to receive parenteral trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine containing either influenza B/Ann Arbor/86 or B/Yamagata/88 hemagglutinin antigens, cold-adapted reassortant influenza B/Ann Arbor/1/86 or B/Yamagata/16/88 viruses (10(7.2) TCID50), or placebo in double-blind fashion. Cold-adapted vaccine viruses were well tolerated, with similar rates of respiratory symptoms in all groups. There were no changes in spirometry or oxygen saturation following vaccination. Immune responses to both types of vaccine were modest, with serum antibody responses occurring significantly more frequently and with higher magnitude in those receiving inactivated than in those receiving cold-adapted vaccine. Cold-adapted, reassortant influenza B vaccines are safe in the elderly and those with chronic illness but are not optimally immunogenic in this group.

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    • "A live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) has been approved for people aged 5–49 in the United States and was recently also approved for use in Canada. Although live vaccines are expected to be more efficient in inducing cross-protective T cell responses, no protective benefit was shown for LAIV-vaccinated individuals aged 50 and over [68], [69]. It may be that LAIV may not provide additional protection to elderly individuals due to pre-existing IgA antibodies in the respiratory tract. "
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