Flu Vaccine Study
Participants needed: Infants: 6-23 months
Do you want to protect your child against the flu?
About influenza (flu)
- Influenza or ‘flu’ is a highly contagious infection that is caused by a virus (germ) and spread by nasal droplets.
- Symptoms include sudden high fever, headache, chills, muscle ache and cough.
- The flu can also lead to other serious diseases such as pneumonia (an infection of the lungs), which can be dangerous in young children
- The flu virus changes a little bit each year so a new vaccine is required each fall to protect against new “strains” year.
What is the purpose of this study?
- Vaccination with a flu vaccine is the best way to prevent influenza and avoid complications and is recommended by public health.
- Children under two years of age may not have strong immune responses to regular flu vaccines
- The vaccine being studied is called FLUAD™ Pediatric (aTIV). It is referred to as aTIV. It contains three strains of inactivated (killed) flu virus so is referred to as a “trivalent” influenza vaccine, and the “a” refers to an “adjuvant” named MF59. It is an inactivated vaccine (not live). An adjuvant is a substance used to increase the body’s immune response.
- The other vaccine included in this study is called Fluzone. It is a “quadrivalent” influenza vaccine (QIV). This vaccine contains four components (four killed strains) of the flu virus and is developed for the protection against flu in persons six-months of age and older. It is an inactivated vaccine (not live). It does not contain an adjuvant.
- The purpose of this study is to determine if giving the adjuvanted vaccine to children who have not had a flu vaccine, before will improve their immune responses to annual flu vaccines.
Is my child eligible to participate?
- We are in need of infants between the ages of 6-23 months, who have not received the flu vaccine.
- The study involves a total of seven visits to the IWK Health Centre over an 18-month period.
- These visits will include a physical exam, vaccination, blood tests, and questions about your child’s health.
- The total time commitment is approximately 3-5 hours.
You will receive:
- Parents will receive $50/visit and a parking pass for the IWK Health Centre.
Contact Cathy Brown
Phone (902) 470-7015