Immunogenicity of an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine administered according to two different schedules and the interference of other "travellers" vaccines with the immune response

Vaccine. 1996 Apr;14(6):501-5. doi: 10.1016/0264-410x(95)00224-o.


A total of 2036 persons consulting vaccination centers in Germany were vaccinated with an inactivated hepatitis A vaccine (containing 720 ELISA units of antigen) either according to the standard schedule (two vaccinations given 4 weeks apart) or to an abbreviated schedule (two vaccinations given 2 weeks apart) in a controlled clinical study. The abbreviated schedule induced a similar rate of seroconversion and geometric mean antibody titre as compared to the standard schedule. The incidence of reactions reported after vaccination was similar in both groups. When other "travellers" vaccines were given simultaneously neither the immunogenicity nor the reactogenicity of the hepatitis A vaccine were influenced. These findings have considerable practical importance in the prevention of hepatitis A in travellers.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Comparative Study
  • Controlled Clinical Trial
  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Female
  • Hepatitis A / immunology
  • Hepatitis A / prevention & control
  • Hepatitis A Antibodies
  • Hepatitis A Vaccines
  • Hepatitis Antibodies / biosynthesis*
  • Humans
  • Immunization Schedule*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Prospective Studies
  • Travel*
  • Vaccines, Inactivated / administration & dosage
  • Vaccines, Inactivated / adverse effects
  • Vaccines, Inactivated / immunology*
  • Viral Hepatitis Vaccines / administration & dosage
  • Viral Hepatitis Vaccines / adverse effects
  • Viral Hepatitis Vaccines / immunology*


  • Hepatitis A Antibodies
  • Hepatitis A Vaccines
  • Hepatitis Antibodies
  • Vaccines, Inactivated
  • Viral Hepatitis Vaccines