Influenza Vaccination of HIV Infected Pregnant Women: Safety and Immunogenicity (MatfluHIVpos)
This randomized, placebo controlled trial will evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of Trivalent Influenza Vaccine (TIV) in HIV-infected pregnant women, dynamics of transplacental anti-influenza antibody transfer to their newborns and kinetics thereof during early infancy.
Biological: Trivalent influenza vaccine
Biological: Normal saline
|Study Design:||Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Double Blind (Subject, Caregiver, Investigator, Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
|Official Title:||Trivalent Influenza Vaccine in HIV-infected Pregnant Women and Kinetics of Transplacental Anti-influenza Antibody Transfer and Persistence in Young Infants: A Randomized Controlled Phase II Trial Evaluating Safety and Immunogenicity|
- Humoral immune responses to influenza strains in the vaccine will be measured to assess the immunogenicity of TIV in HIV-infected pregnant women vaccinated between 20-34 weeks of gestational age [ Time Frame: 1 month post vaccination, delivery (+7 days), 24 weeks post delivery ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Humoral immunity will be measured by hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) assay. Blood will be collected at enrolment (pre-vaccination), one month post vaccination, delivery (+7 days) and 24 weeks post delivery. Humoral immune response definitions: HAI titers < 1:10 = seronegative; ≥ 1:10 = seropositive; > 1:40 = protected against influenza; Response to TIV = serconversion (from <1:10 to ≥1:10) and/or 4-fold increase of HAI titers.
- The proportion of newborns born to HIV-infected mothers with hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) antibody titers of ≥1:40 to TIV strain will be determined and compared to newborns born to TIV-vaccinated HIV-uninfected women (parallel trial) [ Time Frame: Delivery (+7 days) ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Determine the proportion of newborns with hemagglutination inhibition (HAI) antibody titers of ≥1:40 to each of the three TIV strains born to HIV-infected mothers and compared to newborns born to TIV-vaccinated HIV-uninfected women
- Hemagglutinin (HA) antibody measurements in blood taken from mother and infants up to 24 weeks post delivery will be used to assess dynamics and kinetics of transplacentally acquired antibodies [ Time Frame: 24 weeks post partum ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Hemagglutinin (HA) antibody measurements in blood taken from mother at birth and infants at birth, 8,16 and 24 weeks post delivery will be used to assess dynamics and kinetics of transplacentally acquired antibodies
- The number of laboratory-confirmed or clinical influenza like illness cases in infants born to HIV infected mothers who received TIV or placebo will be used to determine efficacy of TIV vaccination of pregnant women against ILI in their infants [ Time Frame: 24 weeks of age ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]All infants (up to 24 weeks of age) born to women enrolled on trial will be assessed by study staff if they have any signs or symptoms (including fever, hospitalisation, apnea, cough, nasal catarrh/ congenstion, tachypnea) which could indicate influenza like illness. Nasopharyngeal aspirate samples collected at illness visits will be processed for viruses using real time reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (rRTPCR) assays.
- The number of laboratory-confirmed influenza illnesses and clinical ILI cases in maternal participants during pregnancy and for 24 weeks post-partum will be used to assess efficacy of TIV against laboratory confirmed and clinical ILI [ Time Frame: 24 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]All maternal participants with signs and/ or symptoms of influenza like illness (ILI) will have nasopharyngeal and oropharyngeal swabs collected at illness visits and processed by rRTPCR assays. Participants from whom influenza virus is isolated at illness visits will be included in analysis to evaluate the efficacy of TIV against laboratory-confirmed influenza illness in mothers during pregnancy and until 24 weeks post-partum. Participants with no influenza isolated will be included in analysis of clinical ILI.
- Cell-mediated immune (CMI) responses to influenza strains in the vaccine will be measured to define CMI responses to TIV in HIV infected pregnant women [ Time Frame: 1 month post vaccination ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Cell mediated immunity will be measured by ELISPOT response to TIV. Blood will be collected at enrollment (pre-vaccination) and one month post vaccination
- CD4+ and HIV-viral load will be measured at baseline and one-month post vaccination to evaluate effect of TIV. [ Time Frame: 1 month post vaccination ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]Evaluate the effect of TIV on CD4+ and HIV-viral load changes comparing baseline levels to one-month post vaccination.
|Study Start Date:||March 2011|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Active Comparator: Trivalent Influenza vaccine
0.5ml of TIV will be administered into deltoid muscle of non dominant arm
Biological: Trivalent influenza vaccine
0.5 ml of trivalent influenza vaccine administered into deltoid muscle of non dominant arm
Other Name: Vaxigrip
Placebo Comparator: Normal saline
0.5ml of normal saline administered into deltoid muscle of non dominant arm
Biological: Normal saline
0.5ml normal saline administered into deltoid muscle of non dominant arm
Other Name: NaCl
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Determining the contribution of influenza to early childhood morbidity and mortality in sub-Saharan Africa and the potential to prevent influenza disease through vaccination may contribute to reducing childhood deaths; since influenza illness is a vaccine preventable disease for which vaccines are developed, licensed and available at reasonable cost. Unfortunately, infants at highest risk for serious disease are those under 6 months of age, for whom trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine (TIV) is poorly immunogenic and not licensed. As pregnant women also have an increased risk of serious illness (3.3-5.5 fold for hospitalization for influenza-associated acute cardio-respiratory illness) from influenza infection, one strategy to prevent the complications of influenza in pregnant women and young infants is through maternal TIV immunization, which is recommended by the WHO. This could result in direct protection of the women and protection of the young infant consequent to transplacental transfer of TIV induced antibody.
Barriers to administration of vaccines during pregnancy including lack of information on effectiveness and concerns about safety probably explain the virtual non-existent use of TIV in pregnant women from low-middle income countries, including South Africa.
The immunogenicity and efficacy of TIV in HIV-infected adults was only recently documented in an African setting. A placebo-controlled, community-based randomized, placebo controlled trial, conducted in South Africa reported that TIV was associated with a 75% reduction in influenza-confirmed illness. The results of the study also confirmed the safety of TIV among African HIV-infected adults. The study, however, only included 7 women who were pregnant. In addition to no differences in solicited adverse event rates, there was also no difference in either CD4+ cell count changes or HIV viral control in those on antiretroviral treatment between TIV vaccinees compared to placebo recipients. This allayed previous concerns regarding the potential negative effect of TIV which centered around the observed transient increase in HIV-1 viral load, even in HIV infected individuals on ART and who were virologically suppressed (viral load <400 copies/ml). Decreases in CD4+ lymphocyte counts have also been observed in HIV-infected individuals post TIV vaccination. These changes, however, even in past studies were infrequent (4-18%) and resolved at later time-points and were considered to be clinically non-significant.
Only recently has data become available from Bangladesh in which the benefit of maternal TIV vaccination was demonstrated by a 63% (95%CI 5 to 85) reduction in laboratory-confirmed influenza illness in infants under 24 weeks of age in children born to mothers vaccinated with TIV and a 36% reduction in clinical illness in vaccinated mothers. There has, however, not been any study on the effectiveness of maternal immunization with TIV on influenza- associated morbidity and mortality either in the mothers or infants in African settings.
Despite the encouraging results on maternal immunization from Bangladesh, and the preliminary data supporting that TIV is efficacious mainly in HIV-infected non-pregnant adults, further data are needed to advocate for routine use of TIV during pregnancy in settings with a high prevalence of HIV. Reasons for this include that the impact of maternal HIV on the kinetics of TIV induced transplacental antibody transfer cannot be derived from available data. This is important as the primary focus of this proposal, and major potential public health benefit of maternal TIV vaccination, is targeted at protection of young infants. HIV infection is known to decrease placental integrity and lower antibody levels in the fetus and newborn. Furthermore, maternal hypergamma-globulinemia that is characteristic of HIV-infection may be associated with decreased neonatal antibody levels. This paradox is explained by the limited number of placental antibody receptors, resulting in IgG antibodies competing for available receptors and thereby decreasing vaccine-specific antibody transport. Preterm birth increases with HIV, chronic maternal disease or malnutrition. Transfer of maternal antibody which is gestational age dependant, may be more affected by maternal immunization in sub-Saharan Africa where these conditions are common.
The overall aim of this project is to evaluate the safety and immunogenicity of TIV vaccination of HIV-infected pregnant women
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01306682
|RMPRU, Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital|
|Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa, 2013|
|Study Chair:||Shabir A Madhi, MD, PhD||University of Witwatersrand, South Africa|
|Study Director:||Keith P Klugman, MD, PhD||Emory University|
|Study Director:||Adriana Weinberg, PhD||University of Colorado, Denver|