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Comparison of 4 Influenza Vaccines in Seniors

Information source: University of British Columbia
ClinicalTrials.gov processed this data on August 20, 2015
Link to the current ClinicalTrials.gov record.

Condition(s) targeted: Influenza Vaccine

Intervention: Agriflu (Biological); Fluad (Biological); Intanza (Biological); Vaxigrip (Biological)

Phase: Phase 4

Status: Completed

Sponsored by: University of British Columbia

Official(s) and/or principal investigator(s):
David W Scheifele, MD, Principal Investigator, Affiliation: University of Britich Columbia


Based on information from several years of looking at Influenza vaccination doctors know that:

- Older adults suffer the worst illness and most deaths caused by Influenza illness of

all age groups.

- Older adults do not seem to get as good a level of protection as younger adults after

getting the usual seasonal Influenza vaccine. Because of this information doctors wonder if one of the new seasonal Influenza vaccines is more effective or more acceptable. This study has been designed to answer some of these questions. On this study doctors will compare 2 new vaccines against the usual seasonal influenza vaccine for protectiveness using several different testing methods (including the usual tests) and for acceptability.

Clinical Details

Official title: Controlled Comparison in Canadian Seniors of Seasonal Influenza Vaccines for 2011-2012

Study design: Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Prevention

Primary outcome: HAI response

Secondary outcome:

Seroprotection rates using microneutralization titres and cytokine testing

Safety and Acceptability

Detailed description: This study is prospective, multicenter, randomized, evaluator-blinded, controlled, parallel group study of 3 licensed seasonal influenza vaccine products conducted in seniors, with a 4th vaccine included in a substudy of cellular immune responses. Ambulatory adults 65+ years of age, in good health or with stable health conditions, given TIV within the past 2 years, will be recruited in multiple Canadian centres. Subjects can be dwelling in the community or in centers providing minimal assisted living support. A total of 930 subjects will be enrolled. Subjects will be centrally (electronically) randomized to receive either TIV, IDV or AIV on Day 0. Three blood samples will be collected (1 pre and 2 post vaccination) to measure HAI antibody responses to each virus strain (H1N1, H3N2 and B) in each vaccine, using standardized assays. Randomly selected subsets of sera from each study group will also be tested for neutralizing antibody and for cross-protection against drift variants of H3N2, H1N1 and B viruses. In a subset of subjects in Vancouver, randomization assignments will include TIV2 and extra blood samples will be obtained 0, 21 and 72 days post vaccination for CMI testing. Safety assessments will be conducted on Day 7, Day 21 and Day 180 following vaccination. Acceptability of each product, reflecting the frequency, severity and tolerability of adverse effects, will be assessed.


Minimum age: 65 Years. Maximum age: N/A. Gender(s): Both.


Inclusion Criteria:

- Written informed consent provided by the subject, who can be male or female

- Subjects who the investigator believes can and will comply with the requirements of

the protocol (i. e. return for follow-up visits, record safety observations and able to converse with study personnel including by personal telephone)

- Age 65 years or older at Visit 1

- Generally good health (stable chronic conditions acceptable), living independently or

with minimal assistance (Clinical Frailty score 1-5) (33) and able to attend clinic appointments

- Receipt of at least one dose of TIV within the previous 2 influenza seasons,

documented by written record or attested by a confident personal recollection. This refers to the trivalent seasonal vaccine, not the H1N12009 pandemic vaccine. Exclusion Criteria:

- receipt of non-study influenza vaccine for 2011-12

- receipt of any live vaccine within 4 weeks or inactivated vaccine within one week of

Visit 1 or planned administration of any non-study vaccines between Visits 1 and 2

- systemic hypersensitivity to influenza vaccine, hen's eggs or other vaccine

constituent (eg neomycin sulphate, kanamycin, formalin)

- severe reaction to any previous influenza vaccine or vaccine component

- bleeding disorder, including anticoagulant therapy or thrombocytopenia, that

contraindicates IM injection or blood collection (does not include daily low-dose ASA).

- incapacity to provide fully informed consent or be attentive to follow-up

observations, resulting from cognitive impairment, abuse of alcohol, drug addiction

- lack of telephone access, inadequate fluency in English (or French in applicable

jurisdictions), uncertain availability during the 3 week study participation period or for the 6 month follow-up visit

- immune compromise resulting from disease or immunosuppressive systemic medication

use within 3 months of V1

- receipt of blood or blood product within 3 months of V1

- unstable medical condition, as indicated by a requirement for hospitalization or a

substantial medication change to stabilize said condition within previous 3 months

- Clinical Frailty score of 6-7 (moderately frail or severely frail)

- history of Guillain-Barré syndrome

Locations and Contacts

University of British Columbia, VITALiTY Research Center, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

University of Manitoba, Department of Medicine, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Canadian Centre for Vaccinology Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

The Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

University of Toronto, Mt Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

McGill University Health Center - Vaccine Study Center, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Unité de Recherche en Santé Publique (CHUQ),, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada

Additional Information

Starting date: July 2011
Last updated: April 14, 2015

Page last updated: August 20, 2015

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