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Hepatitis A Vaccination in the Elderly

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Rijnstate Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 21, 2010
Last updated: June 27, 2016
Last verified: June 2016

A lot of elderly people travel to hepatitis A endemic areas. The prevalence of hepatitis A IgG positivity is declining in the Netherlands, also in the elderly. Studies show that people above 40 years of age have a slower immune response to hepatitis A vaccination. However, a lot of travelers seek pre-travel advice only shortly before their journey. More information about the time to adequate antibody response after hepatitis A vaccination is required to provide good protection during travelling. Alternative protection with immunoglobulins are available.

Study design: Observational, longitudinal pilot study Study population: 20 adults over 60 years of age with a negative hepatitis A IgG, (with a estimated 50% positivity for hepatitis A IgG in this age Group, 40 patients in this age group) 20 adults 18-40 years of age as controls.

Intervention (if applicable): When hepatitis A vaccination is indicated and informed consent is obtained, hepatitis A IgG wil be measured at day 0, 7, 14, 21 en 28.

Main study parameters/endpoints: Time to protective hepatitis A IgG. Nature and extent of the burden and risks associated with participation, benefit and group relatedness: hepatitis A vaccination will be given also outside this study. In the study 5 venous punctures of 7 ml of blood.

Hepatitis A

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Hepatitis A Vaccination in the Elderly

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Further study details as provided by Rijnstate Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • How fast do patients> 60 year reach protective anti-HAV levels after vaccination? [ Time Frame: 0, 1,2,3,4 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Biospecimen Retention:   Samples With DNA
5 times 7 ml of blood will be collected

Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: July 2010
Study Completion Date: July 2015
Primary Completion Date: July 2015 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
>60 years
< 40 years


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Sampling Method:   Non-Probability Sample
Study Population
80 >60 years, hepatitis A vaccination indicated 40 < 40 years, hepatitis A vaccination indicated

Exclusion Criteria:

  • previous hep A vaccination
  • known hepatitis A serology status
  • immunodeficiency
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01353989

Rijnstate Hospital
Arnhem, Netherlands
Sponsors and Collaborators
Rijnstate Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: dr EH Gisolf, Rijnstate Hospital, Arnhem, the Netherlands Identifier: NCT01353989     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: Hepatitis A vaccination 
Study First Received: June 21, 2010
Last Updated: June 27, 2016
Health Authority: Netherlands: The Central Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (CCMO)

Keywords provided by Rijnstate Hospital:
hepatitis A
protection to hepatitis A after vaccination

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Hepatitis A
Liver Diseases
Digestive System Diseases
Hepatitis, Viral, Human
Virus Diseases
Enterovirus Infections
Picornaviridae Infections
RNA Virus Infections
Immunologic Factors
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