The elderly have been considered as the priority group for influenza vaccination, but their influenza vaccine-induced antibody was believed to decline more rapidly. Long-term immunogenicity of the influenza vaccine among the elderly was evaluated as compared to young adults. Serum hemagglutinin inhibition (HI) titers were determined at pre- and post-vaccination periods (at 1, 6, and 12 months after vaccination). Of the 1018 subjects, 716 (70.3%) were followed up during a 12-month period. Seroprotection rates at 1 month post-vaccination ranged from 70.1% to 90.3% depending on the age group and influenza vaccine virus strain. At 6 months post-vaccination, seroprotection rates for all three strains had declined significantly in adults ≥65 years (P < 0.01), but still met the EMEA criteria. Low pre-vaccination HI titer (<1:40) and advanced age were associated with early decline of HI titers, falling below seroprotective levels around 6 months after vaccination.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Immunology and Microbiology(all)
- Infectious Diseases
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
- Molecular Medicine