Evaluation of a neuraminidase-specific influenza A virus vaccine in children: antibody responses and effects on two successive outbreaks of natural infection

J Infect Dis. 1979 Dec;140(6):844-50. doi: 10.1093/infdis/140.6.844.


Three groups of children were immunized with an inactivated Port Chalmers (H3ChN2Ch) influenza vaccine (group A), a neuraminidase-specific (Heq1N2Ch) influenza vaccine (group B), or a placebo. Immunization induced seroconversion for H3Ch and N2Ch-specific antibody in group A and for N2Ch antibody in group B. The protective efficacies observed against naturally acquired illness with the Port Chalmers strain of influneza A virus were 68.7% and 37.4% in groups A and B, respectively, in comparison to the placebo group, and those against illness produced by the subsequent outbreak of the Victoria strain were 80.0% and 72.7%. These data support the role of neuraminidase-specific immunization in protection against influenza. Although the degree of protection after vaccination with the Heq1N2Ch vaccine was less than that provided by the biphasic H3ChN2Ch vaccine against the Port Chalmers strain, it appeared to be similar in the two vaccine study groups against the Victoria strain.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antibodies, Viral / biosynthesis*
  • Child
  • Clinical Trials as Topic
  • Female
  • Hemagglutination Inhibition Tests
  • Humans
  • Immunization
  • Influenza A virus / immunology*
  • Influenza Vaccines / therapeutic use*
  • Influenza, Human / diagnosis
  • Influenza, Human / prevention & control
  • Male
  • Neuraminidase / immunology*
  • Time Factors


  • Antibodies, Viral
  • Influenza Vaccines
  • Neuraminidase