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Sci Rep 2017 Jul 12;7(1):5258

Different Repeat Annual Influenza Vaccinations Improve the Antibody Response to Drifted Influenza Strains.

Plant EP, Fredell LJ, Hatcher BA, Li X, Chiang MJ, Kosikova M, Xie H, Zoueva O, Cost AA, Ye Z, Cooper MJ


Seasonal influenza vaccine formulas change almost every year yet information about how this affects the antibody repertoire of vaccine recipients is inadequate. New vaccine virus strains are selected, replacing older strains to better match the currently circulating strains. But even while the vaccine is being manufactured the circulating strains can evolve. The ideal response to a seasonal vaccine would maintain antibodies toward existing strains that might continue to circulate, and to generate cross-reactive antibodies, particularly towards conserved influenza epitopes, potentially limiting infections caused by newly evolving strains. Here we use the hemagglutination inhibition assay to analyze the antibody repertoire in subjects vaccinated two years in a row with either identical vaccine virus strains or with differing vaccine virus strains. The data indicates that changing the vaccine formulation results in an antibody repertoire that is better able to react with strains emerging after the vaccine virus strains are selected. The effect is observed for both influenza A and B strains in groups of subjects vaccinated in three different seasons. Analyses include stratification by age and sex.

Category: Journal Article
PubMed ID: #28701762 DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-05579-4
PubMed Central ID: #PMC5507920
Includes FDA Authors from Scientific Area(s): Biologics
Entry Created: 2017-01-23 Entry Last Modified: 2019-10-27