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Vaccine. 1999 Nov 12;18(7-8):641-6.

Safety and immunogenicity of a new Neisseria meningitidis serogroup C-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine in healthy adults.

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Immunobiology Unit, Institute of Child Health, 30 Guilford Street, London, UK.


We evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of a single dose of a new serogroup C O-deacetylated meningococcal polysaccharide-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine in 30 healthy adult volunteers. The vaccine was well tolerated with no serious adverse events and minimal local reactions and systemic symptoms. All subjects developed a fourfold or greater increase in serum bactericidal antibody (SBA) to serogroup C meningococcus. SBA geometric mean titre increased from 11 to 3649 (p<0.001). Serogroup C-specific IgG levels increased postvaccination from 0.65 to 17.02 microg/ml (p<0.001). Bactericidal titres pre- and postimmunisation showed significant correlation with serogroup C-specific IgG (r(2)=0.693). Antibody levels fell by 6 months postvaccination, however, meningococcal C IgG avidity increased indicating the successful induction of a T-cell-dependent antibody response.


meningococcal C-tetanus toxoid conjugate vaccine is immunogenic and well tolerated in healthy adults.

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