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Vaccine. 2006 Apr 12;24(16):3063-5. Epub 2006 Jan 19.

An MF59-adjuvanted inactivated influenza vaccine containing A/Panama/1999 (H3N2) induced broader serological protection against heterovariant influenza virus strain A/Fujian/2002 than a subunit and a split influenza vaccine.

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Chiron Vaccines, Research Center and Clinical Research, Via Fiorentina 1, 53100 Siena, Italy.


To test whether inactivated influenza vaccines distributed during the 2003-2004 influenza season in the northern hemisphere were able to confer protection against the mismatched variant A/Fujian/411/2002 virus strain, we measured haemagglutination inhibiting (HI) antibodies in elderly subjects vaccinated with three inactivated vaccines against the homologous A/H3N2 vaccine strain (A/Panama) and against the mismatched A/Fujian strain. The results showed that, while 76 to 80% of elder people vaccinated with conventional vaccines had protected levels of antibodies against the A/Fujian heterovariant strain, those vaccinated with the MF59-adjuvanted vaccine have protective levels of antibodies in >98% of the cases. We conclude that MF59-adjuvanted vaccines confer protection also against influenza virus strains which are not fully matched with those included in the vaccine.

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