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Tohoku J Exp Med. 1999 Aug;188(4):289-98.

Two outbreaks of influenza A (H3N2) in a Japanese nursing home in the winter of 1996-1997, with differing vaccine efficacy.

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Department of Public Health, Niigata University School of Medicine, Japan.


Sixty of 128 (46.9%) residents of a nursing home were immunized with two doses of the trivalent split influenza vaccine. They developed 7.4-11.5-fold antibody increases, with a 69-82% protection rate, presenting good immune response rates to the influenza vaccine. Two outbreaks of influenza A (H3N2) occurred. There were no significant antigenic differences among the vaccine strain and the strains isolated from both outbreaks in haemagglutination-inhibition tests, suggesting that the second might have been a reoccurrence. There were no residents who were infected in both outbreaks. The vaccine efficacy against clinical illness in the first outbreak of typical influenza-like-illness (ILI) was 51% (relative risk: 0.49), and the febrile period was reduced significantly by vaccination. In the second outbreak, however, in which all patients had atypical ILI with a high fever but not respiratory symptoms, vaccine efficacy was not apparent for unknown reason.

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