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Lancet. 1994 Aug 6;344(8919):362-6.

Efficacy of Haemophilus influenzae type b conjugate vaccine PRP-T.

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Department of Paediatrics, Oxford Radcliffe Hospital, Headington, UK.


Efficacy of the Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) conjugate vaccine PRP-T (Pasteur-Merieux) was evaluated in a controlled community intervention study in the Oxford region, UK. PRP-T was offered to infants from May 1, 1991 in three of the region's eight districts and from July 1, 1991, in a fourth district. It was given by separate injection in addition to the standard diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis vaccine according to an accelerated 2, 3, and 4 month schedule without a booster dose in the second year of life. By October 1, 1992, more than 90% of infants in vaccine districts had received at least one dose of PRP-T. None of the infants given three doses had developed Hib infection, whereas 11 infections occurred in the control population (vaccine efficacy 100%, 95% CI 80-100%). Intention-to-treat analysis also showed a high estimate of efficacy for the vaccine (90%, 50-99%). Follow-up of study children until November 1, 1993, has shown only 1 vaccine failure in an infant, and no invasive infections in those older than 1 year (average age 22 months). PRP-T vaccine had high protective efficacy with an accelerated immunisation schedule. Furthermore, the vaccine appears to remain protective through the second year of life without a booster dose. These findings provide encouragement for use of PRP-T in the Expanded Programme of Immunisation.

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