Intra-dermal With Topical Imiquimod Pretreatment Versus Intra-muscular Hepatitis B Vaccination in IBD Patients

2019-09-13 02:15:37 | BioPortfolio


Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) has witnessed a rising incidence globally and in Hong Kong, an area where chronic hepatitis B (CHB) remains endemic. IBD patients are usually immunocompromised due to the disease itself and secondary to the use of medications including immunosuppressants and biologics, predisposing them to various opportunistic infection including hepatitis. Vaccination against hepatitis B virus (HBV) is recommended to prevent CHB and its related complications including flare up of acute hepatitis, cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. However, it is reported that efficacy with conventional intramuscular hepatitis B vaccination in IBD patients is suboptimal, especially among those receiving biologic therapies. Various strategies in boosting vaccine immunogenicity including the utilization of higher vaccination dose, shorter dosing interval, or alternate route of vaccine administration have been studied.6

Intradermal route of vaccination has been recently shown to be an effective way in augmenting immune response in specific patient groups who are known poor responders, including elderly and immunocompromised patients. In addition, topical imiquimod, a synthetic agonist of toll-like receptor 7 (TLR7), has been shown to further boost up the immunogenicity response when applied to the site before intradermal vaccination. The proposed study is the first clinical trial comparing the efficacy of intradermal hepatitis B vaccination with adjuvant topical application of imiquimod cream with the conventional intramuscular hepatitis B vaccination in IBD patients.


Aim of study To compare the efficacy of intradermal hepatitis B vaccination with adjuvant topical imiquimod with conventional intramuscular hepatitis B vaccination in IBD patients.

Methodology Patient recruitment IBD patients newly referred to or currently followed up at Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital will be screened for CHB status (HBsAg/Anti-HBs/Anti-HBc). Patients without CHB infection and evidence of prior HBV vaccination i.e. HBsAg -ve /Anti-HBc-ve/ Anti-HBs -ve will be recruited into the study. Eligible patients will be randomized to receive either intradermal vaccination with Engerix B with topical imiquimod or intramuscular vaccination with Engerix-B with topical aqueous cream as the control arm.

Randomization Eligible patients will be randomized in 1:1 ratio to receive intradermal hepatitis B vaccination (Engerix B) with topical imiquimod cream (as the study arm) or intramuscular hepatitis B vaccination (Engerix-B) with topical aqueous cream (as the control arm). Computer generated random number is used for randomization. Randomization sequences will be kept in opaque envelope and kept by a research staff not directly involved in this study. Once the patient has consented to the study, that research staff will open the envelope and notified the study nurse only of the vaccine allocation. In case of medical emergency or severe adverse reaction to the study medication, unblinding can be performed after notification of the principal investigator who will break the randomization code by revealing the randomization sequence assigned to the concerned study subject.

Vaccine administration Vaccination schedule is identical between the two arms with 3 doses given at 0, 1, 6 month. Participants in the study arm will receive 20 mcg intradermal Engerix-B at two separate sites (10 mcg/0.5 ml) with topical imiquimod ointment pre-treatment 5 minutes before injection. Participants in the control arm will receive 20 mcg intramuscular Engerix-B at two separate sites (10 mcg/ 0.5 ml) with topical placebo aqueous cream pretreatment 5 minutes before injection. The topical treatment will be given in a 4x4cm2 marked at the deltoid on each arm. Vaccination will be administered at clinic by dedicated study nurse, who is not involved in subsequent management of the participants. Both the investigators and the participants will be blinded to the result of randomization as only the study nurse know the route of administration.

Follow up Follow up visits will be arranged at 1,6,12 month after first dose of vaccine. Blood will be taken during each follow up visits for anti-HBs titres.

Study Design


Inflammatory Bowel Diseases


Intradermal hepatitis B vaccine with imiquimod, Intramuscular hepatitis B vaccine with aqueous cream


Queen Mary Hospital
Hong Kong




The University of Hong Kong

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2019-09-13T02:15:37-0400

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