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Vaccine. 1997 Jan;15(1):97-102.

Immunogenicity of influenza vaccine (1993-94 winter season) in HIV-seropositive and -seronegative ex-intravenous drug users.

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Department of Hygiene, University of Perugia, Italy.


The humoral response (haemagglutination inhibiting antibodies) to trivalent split influenza vaccine for the 1993-94 winter season (A/Beijing/32/92 (H3N2), A/Singapore/6/86 (H1N1) and B/Panama/45/90) was evaluated in a group of young HIV-seropositive ex-intravenous heroin users and compared with responses measured in HIV-seronegative individuals with a similar history. HIV-negative volunteers showed an overall positive response suggesting that previous heroin use did not influence their humoral response to influenza vaccine. Comparable results were obtained in HIV-positive subjects with CD4+ lymphocyte counts > 500 microliters-1, whereas impaired reactivity was found in HIV-positive volunteers with CD4+ counts < 500 microliters-1. Booster vaccination did not increase antibody levels in any of the groups studied, although the data did not exclude a positive influence of a second vaccine dose on persistence of antibody at 120 days after the first dose. No significant changes were observed in p24 antigenemia levels in HIV-positive individuals after vaccination.

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