Zanamivir Versus Trivalent Split Virus Influenza Vaccine (Stop-Flu-2)
This unblinded pilot study is intended to assess the feasibility of a larger double-blind, randomized control trial. For the larger trial the investigators are interested in understanding the relative benefits of vaccine and antiviral prophylaxis, the risk factors for influenza infection in healthy adults, and in assessing the safety and tolerability of seasonal antiviral prophylaxis in healthcare workers.
The pilot study will be assessing the rate of infection with influenza and the rate of adherence to long-term zanamivir in 60 healthy volunteers.
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||A Pilot Study for a Randomized Controlled Trial to Compare Trivalent Split Virus Influenza Vaccine to Seasonal Antiviral Prophylaxis in Healthcare and Other Healthy Adults: Assessment of Zanamivir Versus Vaccine (Stop-Flu-2)|
- Number of Laboratory Confirmed Influenza Infections [ Time Frame: 6 months ]Four-fold increase in antibody titer 2 weeks post injection and end of study or positive laboratory test for influenza during study (polymerase chain reaction [PCR] or culture)
- Number of Subjects Adhering to Long-term Zanamivir Prophylaxis [ Time Frame: 5 months ]Number of subjects taking 80% or more doses per week of zanamivir (10 mg once daily), as influenza prophylaxis, for 13 weeks or longer (as measured by weekly diary and dose counts at study visits).
|Study Start Date:||November 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2009|
|Primary Completion Date:||May 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Influenza vaccine
Influenza vaccine, using Fluviral trivalent split virus vaccine
Experimental: Antiviral prophylaxis
Zanamivir antiviral prophylaxis
10 mg, OD, for duration of influenza season (10-23 weeks)
Other Name: Relenza
Several studies have demonstrated that zanamivir and oseltamivir are effective in preventing influenza infection and illness when used either as prophylaxis after exposure to a household contact with influenza or when taken for several weeks at the height of influenza activity in the general community. However, the longest duration of prophylaxis with neuraminidase inhibitors in two clinical trials, to date, has been six weeks.
Antiviral medication will likely have an important role in the response to the next influenza pandemic. Additionally, there may be indications for use during seasons when the major infecting strain of influenza in not one whose antigen is well covered by the vaccine.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00784784
|Mount Sinai Hospital|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G 1X5|
|Principal Investigator:||Allison McGeer, MD||Mount Sinai Hospital, New York|