Clinical Trial: Elderly High Dose Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Vaccine (TIV) 2005

This study has been completed.

Sponsored by: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
Information provided by: National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)


The goals of this study are to compare the immunogenicity and reactogenicity of a new higher-dose trivalent SV influenza virus vaccine to a standard dose trivalent SV influenza vaccine in ambulatory, elderly adults.
Condition Intervention Phase
 Vaccine: Higher Dose TIV
 Vaccine: TIV
Phase II

MedlinePlus related topics:  Influenza

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Prevention, Randomized, Double-Blind, Active Control, Parallel Assignment, Safety/Efficacy Study

Official Title: Comparisons of the Reactogenicity and Immunogenicity in Ambulatory Elderly Subjects of a Standard-Dose Fluzone® (15 µg Ha/Virus Strain) and a High-Dose (60 µg Ha/Virus Strain) of a Trivalent Inactivated Influenza Virus Vaccine

Further Study Details: 

Expected Total Enrollment:  410

Study start: April 2005;  Study completion: December 2005

Influenza is a common respiratory infection caused by several related viruses. Epidemics of influenza occur each winter and are responsible for an average of about 36,000 deaths each year in the United States. Most of these deaths occur among elderly persons and among people of all ages who suffer from chronic diseases, particularly of the lungs and the heart. Current influenza virus vaccines protect elderly persons against influenza, but not as well as desired. One consideration for trying to increase protection is to increase the vaccine dose, but there is some concern that increasing the dose may increase reactions to the vaccine (such as sore arm, aches, or fever). One of the vaccine manufacturers has prepared an experimental influenza virus vaccine with a dose that is higher than the currently used dose. A previous study with the same high dose of the vaccine showed that it was well tolerated with only increased reactions at the injection site compared to the usual vaccine. Since the study, the high-dose vaccine has also been made without preservative (thimerosal) and gelatin, which are in the standard vaccine. It is expected that this vaccine can be given with little reaction, but this needs to be determined. It also needs to be shown whether such a vaccine stimulates higher levels of infection-fighting proteins (or antibodies) in the blood than standard doses of influenza vaccine. The purpose of this research is to compare reactions and antibody responses following standard flu vaccine to those following the experimental vaccine.


Ages Eligible for Study:  65 Years and above,  Genders Eligible for Study:  Both

Accepts Healthy Volunteers


Inclusion Criteria:

Subjects must meet all of the following inclusion criteria to be eligible for study participation:

  • Ambulatory medically stable persons >= 65 years of age on the date of vaccination. Subjects will be considered ambulatory if they are not institutionalized, bedridden, or homebound. Medically stable subjects may have underlying illnesses such as hypertension, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, or hypothyroidism, but their symptoms/signs must be controlled with medical therapy. Subjects with acute febrile illnesses [oral temperature equal to or exceeding 99.5ºF (37.5ºC)] will be deferred until 3 days after illness resolution.
  • Provides written informed consent and will be available for all study visits
  • Able to understand and comply with planned study procedures

Exclusion Criteria:

Subjects must not meet any of the following exclusion criteria in order to be eligible for participation in this study:

  • Known allergy to eggs or other components of the vaccine (eg, thimerosal)
  • History of a severe reaction following influenza vaccination, systemic hypersensitivity to any of the vaccine components, or history of a life-threatening reaction to a vaccine containing the same substances
  • History of Guillain-Barré Syndrome
  • Immunosuppression as a result of underlying illness or treatment
  • Use of oral steroids, parenteral steroids, or high-dose inhaled steroids (> 800 µg per day of beclomethasone dipropionate or equivalent) within 1 month prior to vaccination
  • Use of other immunosuppressive or cytotoxic drugs or radiation therapy within the six months prior to vaccination
  • Active neoplastic disease or history of any hematologic malignancy in the past 5 years (except localized skin or prostate cancer that is stable in the absence of therapy)
  • Acute or chronic condition that (in the opinion of the Investigator) would render vaccination unsafe or would interfere with the evaluation of responses including, but not limited to the following: known chronic liver disease, significant renal disease, oxygen-dependent chronic lung disease, New York Heart Association Functional Class III or IV, unstable or progressive neurologic disorder, insulin-treated diabetes mellitus
  • Use of experimental vaccines or medications within the month prior to study entry, or expected use of experimental vaccines or medications during the entire study period, including the 6-month follow-up phone call, after inoculation with study vaccine
  • Use of experimental devices or participation in a medical procedure trial within the month prior to study entry, or expected use of experimental devices or participation in a medical procedure trial during the entire study period, including the 6-month follow-up phone call, after inoculation with study vaccine
  • Receipt of immunoglobulin or other blood product within 3 months prior to enrollment
  • Receipt of other licensed vaccines within the preceding 4 weeks or expected to receive a licensed vaccine within 1 month (prior to visit 2) following trial vaccination
  • Subject is enrolled in a conflicting clinical trial
  • Thrombocytopenia or bleeding disorder or therapy contraindicating IM vaccination

Location Information

      University of Iowa Hospitals, Iowa City,  Iowa,  52242,  United States

      University of Maryland, Baltimore, Baltimore,  Maryland,  21201,  United States

      Saint Louis Univ Center for Vaccine Development, St. Louis,  Missouri,  63110,  United States

      St. Louis University, St. Louis,  Missouri,  63104,  United States

      Cincinnati Children''''s Hospital Med Ctr, Cincinnati,  Ohio,  45229,  United States

      Cincinnati Children''''s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati,  Ohio,  45229,  United States

      Baylor College Of Medicine, Houston,  Texas,  77030,  United States

More Information

Study ID Numbers:  04-100
Record last reviewed:  June 2005
Last Updated:  June 30, 2005
Record first received:  June 22, 2005 Identifier:  NCT00115531
Health Authority: United States: Food and Drug Administration processed this record on 2005-07-05


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