Protective and immunological behavior of chimeric yellow fever dengue vaccine

Vaccine. 2016 Mar 29;34(14):1643-7. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2016.02.004. Epub 2016 Feb 10.


Clinical observations from the third year of the Sanofi Pasteur chimeric yellow fever dengue tetravalent vaccine (CYD) trials document both protection and vaccination-enhanced dengue disease among vaccine recipients. Children who were 5 years-old or younger when vaccinated experienced a DENV disease resulting in hospitalization at 5 times the rate of controls. On closer inspection, hospitalized cases among vaccinated seropositives, those at highest risk to hospitalized disease accompanying a dengue virus (DENV) infection, were greatly reduced by vaccination. But, seronegative individuals of all ages after being vaccinated were only modestly protected from mild to moderate disease throughout the entire observation period despite developing neutralizing antibodies at high rates. Applying a simple epidemiological model to the data, vaccinated seronegative individuals of all ages were at increased risk of developing hospitalized disease during a subsequent wild type DENV infection. The etiology of disease in placebo and vaccinated children resulting in hospitalization during a DENV infection, while clinically similar are of different origin. The implications of the observed mixture of DENV protection and enhanced disease in CYD vaccinees are discussed.

Keywords: Antibody dependent enhancement; Dengue; Dengue hemorrhagic fever; Efficacy; Flavivirus; Immunology; Protection; Vaccine.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antibodies, Neutralizing / blood
  • Antibodies, Viral / blood
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Dengue / epidemiology
  • Dengue / prevention & control*
  • Dengue Vaccines / immunology
  • Dengue Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • Hospitalization / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
  • Risk Factors
  • Yellow Fever / epidemiology
  • Yellow Fever / prevention & control*
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine / immunology
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine / therapeutic use*


  • Antibodies, Neutralizing
  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Dengue Vaccines
  • Yellow Fever Vaccine