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Pediatr Infect Dis J. 2016 Apr;35(4):e113-23. doi: 10.1097/INF.0000000000001056.

Persistence of Bactericidal Antibodies After Infant Serogroup B Meningococcal Immunization and Booster Dose Response at 12, 18 or 24 Months of Age.

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From the *Oxford Vaccine Group, Department of Paediatrics, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; †NIHR Oxford Biomedical Centre, Oxford University Hospital NHS Trust, Oxford, United Kingdom; ‡Nuffield Department of Primary Care Health Sciences, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom; §Bristol Children's Vaccine Centre, University of Bristol and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust, Bristol, United Kingdom; ¶Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria, Azienda Ospedaliero-Universitaria Maggiore della Carità-Clinica Pediatrica, Novara, Italy; ‖Pediatric Highly Intensive Care Unit, Università degli Studi di Milano, Fondazione IRCCS Ca' Granda Ospedale Maggiore Policlinico, Milan, Italy; **Vaccine Research Department, FISABIO-Public Health, Valencia, Spain; ††Department of Pediatrics, Cliniques Saint Luc, Université Catholique de Louvain, Bruxelles, Belgium; ‡‡Clinical Trial Centre, Department of Pediatrics, Johannes Gutenberg University Medical School, Mainz, Germany; §§Department of Social Medicine, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove, Charles University, Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic; ¶¶Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Inc., Cambridge, MA; ‖‖Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics S.r.l., Siena, Italy; and ***Novartis Pharma BV, Amsterdam, The Netherlands.



A serogroup B meningococcal vaccine (4CMenB) is licensed for infant use in countries including Canada, Australia and those of the European Union. Data on serum bactericidal antibody (hSBA) waning and the ideal timing of a "toddler" booster dose are essential to optimize vaccine utilization.


An open-labeled, multicenter phase-2b follow-on European study conducted from 2009 to 2012. Participants previously receiving 4CMenB with routine vaccines at 2, 4 and 6 or 2, 3 and 4 months (246Con and 234Con) or at 2, 4 and 6 months intercalated with routine vaccines (246Int) received a booster dose at 12, 18 or 24 months. 4CMenB-naïve "Control" participants aged 12, 18 or 24 months received 2 doses of 4CMenB 2 months apart.


One thousand five hundred eighty-eight participants were recruited. At 12 months, before any booster doses, the proportions with hSBA titers ≥1:5 for strain 44/76-SL (testing vaccine component fHBP) were 73% (120/165) for the "246Con" group, 85% (125/147) for "246Int," 57% (51/90) for "234Con" and 13% (26/199) for Controls. For strain 5/99 (NadA) proportions were ≥96% (all 4CMenB-recipients) and 1% (Controls). For strain NZ98/254 (PorA), these were 18-35% (4CMenB-recipients) and 1% (Controls). By 24 months, 4CMenB-recipient proportions were 13-22% (44/76-SL), 82-94% (5/99) and 7-13% (NZ98/254) and in controls ≤4%. After a 12-month booster-dose, ≥95% of previously immunized participants had titers ≥1:5 (all strains).


A 4CMenB booster-dose can overcome waning hSBA titers after early-infant immunization. Administration at 12 months could help to maintain immunity during an age of high risk, and the persistence of this response requires further study.


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