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J Infect Dis. 2001 Jan 1;183(1):160-3. Epub 2000 Nov 14.

Ability of 3 different meningococcal C conjugate vaccines to induce immunologic memory after a single dose in UK toddlers.

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Immunisation Division, Communicable Disease Surveillance Centre, Public Health Laboratory Service, London, United Kingdom.


To test for immunologic memory after a single dose of meningococcal C conjugate (MCC) vaccine in toddlers, 226 children 12-18 months old were randomized to receive 1 of 3 MCC vaccines, with a C polysaccharide booster 6 months later. The protein conjugate was diphtheria mutant toxoid in 2 vaccines (MCC-CRM(197)) and was tetanus toxoid in the third (MCC-TT). One month after the MCC vaccines, 91%-100% of children had serum bactericidal antibody (SBA) titers > or =8, and 89%-100% had a > or =4-fold increase. Geometric mean titer (GMT) increased from <4 to 215 (95% confidence interval [CI], 166-279). MCC-TT induced higher SBA GMTs (P<.001) and higher proportions with SBA > or =8 (P=.02) than did the MCC-CRM(197) vaccines. By 6 months, GMTs had decreased to 55.1 (95% CI, 40-76), but IgG antibody avidity increased (P<.001). Induction of immunologic memory was confirmed by a GMT of 1977 (range, 1535-2547) after the polysaccharide booster and a further increase in avidity. This evidence justified the use of a single dose in a catch-up immunization program for children 1-18 years old.

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