Antibody persistence in children aged 6-7years one year following booster immunization with two MMR vaccines applied by aerosol or by injection

José Luis Díaz Ortega, Deyanira Castaneda, Doris Ma Arellano Quintanilla, David Martínez, Silas P Trumbo, Jorge Fernández de Castro
Vaccine 2017 May 25, 35 (23): 3116-3122

IMPORTANCE: In a previous study on booster vaccination, we reported that two aerosolized MMR vaccines were as safe and immunogenic as injectable vaccines containing the same antigens. We now present results of antibody persistence one year after immunization.

OBJECTIVE: To assess the antibody persistence for measles, mumps, and rubella one year following booster immunization.

METHODS: We performed clinical and serological follow-up of participants in a previous study of Mexican children aged 6-7years, in which participants were randomized to four groups receiving, by aerosolized or by injection, the MMR SII vaccine (Serum Institute of India), or the MMR II (Merck Sharp & Dhome). We evaluated the antibody persistence by PRN test for measles and by ELISA for rubella and mumps. The occurrence of clinical events was evaluated via periodic visits of a nurse team to children's schools and homes.

RESULTS: Of the 260 initial participants, 241 completed one-year follow-up. There were only statistically significant differences in baseline seropositivity for mumps. One year after immunization, seropositivity in all groups was 100% for measles and rubella. The seropositivity rank for mumps was from 90.3% for the injected vaccine MMR II to 96.6% for vaccine MMR SII applied by aerosol; these differences were not statistically significant. With exception of the aerosolized vaccine MMR SII for the geometric mean titer (GMT) for measles, all study groups presented declination of GMT for the three viruses. The difference between the aerosolized vaccines MMR SII and MMR RII was statistically significant for mumps antibodies. Only mild clinical events were identified.

CONCLUSION: Under conditions of no endemic transmission for measles and rubella, and of low circulation of mumps virus, school-aged children remained seropositive to the three viruses one year following booster immunization. The study was registered under CMN 2010-005 number at COFEPRIS (National Regulatory Authority).

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