The Immunogenicity of Varicella-zoster Virus Vaccine in HIV-infected Children

2014-08-27 03:13:09 | BioPortfolio


To study about the immunogenicity, safety and efficacy of varicella-zoster virus vaccine in HIV-infected children.


VZV causes two clinical diseases, primary infection results in varicella (chickenpox) after which virus latent in dorsal root ganglion. Reactivation of VZV results in herpes zoster (shingles) about years or decades. Immunocompetent children, varicella generally mild self limiting illness. In HIV infected children, VZV is often more severe illness with progressive varicella characterized by continuing eruption of lesions and high fever persist into second weeks, as well as encephalitis, hepatitis and pneumonia can developed. Zoster in immunocompromised patient become disseminated with lesions appearing outsides primary dermatomes and with visceral complications and can cause recurrences of herpes zoster. VZV illness in patients with immunodeficiency disorders require admission to hospital and the use of antiviral drugs. Sometimes, antiviral drug fails in immunocompromised children. Passive immunization with varicella zoster-immunoglobulin (VZIG), administered within three days of exposure, is effective in preventing disease or in reducing severity of illness in susceptible immunocompromised persons. About half of the cases of varicella in immunocompromised children occur without a recognised exposure to VZV. Both severe and fatal varicella has been documented despite appropriate immunoprophylaxis withVZIG. Furthermore, VZIG is expensive and short supply. These limitations make passive immunization a less than optimum strategy for preventing chickenpox. Permanent protection provided by administering the vaccine to high-risk persons would be preferable.

Sartori AM., University of Sao Paolo in Sep 2004 found that after give two doses of the varicella vaccine in 41 susceptible HIV-infected childrens in CDC class N1 or A1. Seroconversion occurred in 53% and 60% of vaccines after one and two doses, respectively. No significant fall in CD4 T lymphocytes or increase in HIV viral load at eight weeks after vaccination.

Saro H. Armenian, University of Southern California in Nov 2005 administrated single dose of live varicella vaccine to 10 HIV infected children. After vaccination, positive VZV-LPA response was detected in 50% of patients at week 2 and 100% at week 4, remained positive in 90% at week 52. VZV IgG was detected in 11% at week 2, 67% at week 8, only 33% at week 52.

Myron J. Levin, University of Colorado in June 2006-2008 study about the safety and immunogenicity of vaccine in varicella-zoster virus (VZV) naive, HIV-infected children with moderate symptoms and/or more pronounced past or current decreases in CD4+ T cell counts. Recipients (97 children) were stratified into 3 groups : group I - CDC category 1 and immunologic category 1 (least affected group of HIV-infected children), group II - CDC category A, B, or N and immunologic category 2 (CD4% = 15-24), group III : CDC category C and/or immunologic category 3, but at least 3 months prior to vaccination, had achieved clinical category A or N and equivalent of immunologic category 1 (CD4% = 25). After 2 doses of vaccines , 79% of children developed VZV-specific antibody and/or CMI 2 months after vaccine and 83% were responders 1 year after vaccination. Bekker V., Emma Children's Hospital, Netherland in Nov 2006 administered 2 doses of varicella vaccine to 15 VZV-seronegative HIV-1 infected children (total lymphocyte counts > 700 lymphocytes/microl) and 6 HIV-negative VZV-seronegative. Only 60% of the HIV-1 infected children had VZV-specific Ab after two immunizations, where as 100% of the siblings seroconverted.

Thai HIV infected children usually start antiretroviral late due to limited access to care with more severe suppressed of immune status than children in developed countries. Moreover, VZV vaccine is not in the country guideline and still expensive. We would like to provide VZV prevention for this group of children and to evaluate the VZV antibody response in Thai HIV children after VZV vaccination.

Study Design

Allocation: Non-Randomized, Control: Uncontrolled, Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment, Masking: Open Label, Primary Purpose: Prevention


HIV Infections


VZV vaccination


Department of Pediatrics, Chulalongkorn University




The HIV Netherlands Australia Thailand Research Collaboration

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Viral infections of the leptomeninges and subarachnoid space. TOGAVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; FLAVIVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; RUBELLA; BUNYAVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; ORBIVIRUS infections; PICORNAVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; ORTHOMYXOVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; RHABDOVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; ARENAVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; HERPESVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; ADENOVIRIDAE INFECTIONS; JC VIRUS infections; and RETROVIRIDAE INFECTIONS may cause this form of meningitis. Clinical manifestations include fever, headache, neck pain, vomiting, PHOTOPHOBIA, and signs of meningeal irritation. (From Joynt, Clinical Neurology, 1996, Ch26, pp1-3)

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