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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2012 Jun;31(6):616-22. doi: 10.1097/INF.0b013e31824f34e6.

Immunogenicity of a single dose of meningococcal group C conjugate vaccine given at 3 months of age to healthy infants in the United kingdom.

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  • 1Vaccine Evaluation Unit, Health Protection Agency, Manchester Medical Microbiology Partnership, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, United Kingdom.



From 1999, in the United Kingdom, meningococcal C conjugate (MCC) vaccines from 3 manufacturers were introduced to the infant immunization schedule at 2, 3 and 4 months of age. In 2006, the schedule was refined to a 2-dose primary schedule at 3 and 4 months of age, with a combined MCC/Haemophilus influenzae type b (MCC/Hib-TT) booster at 12 months of age. Recent data have demonstrated that 2 of the 3 MCC vaccines showed potential for use as a single priming dose in infancy.


A randomized trial was undertaken with 2 MCC vaccines; one using tetanus toxoid carrier protein (MCC-TT) and one using CRM197 carrier protein (MCC-CRM197). Infants were immunized with MCC at 3 months of age followed by an MCC/Hib-TT booster at 12 months of age.


The serum bactericidal antibody geometric mean titers 1 month after a single dose of MCC-TT or MCC-CRM 197 were 223.3 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 162.9-306.1) and 95.8 (95% CI: 66.4-138.2) with 100% and 95.5% of infants having serum bactericidal antibody titers ≥ 8, respectively. Before boosting, antibody titers had declined, and 1 month after the MCC/Hib-TT booster, serum bactericidal antibody geometric mean titers rose to 2251.0 (95% CI: 1535.3-3300.3) and 355.9 (95% CI: 235.4-538.1) for children primed with MCC-TT and MCC-CRM 197, respectively.


In conclusion, a single priming dose of either MCC-TT or MCC-CRM197 administered at 3 months of age can be used together with the Hib/MCC-TT booster in the second year of life.

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