Healthy Volunteers Needed for Live Influenza Vaccine Study
NIAID investigators are seeking Washington, D.C.-area, healthy volunteers ages 18 to 49 for a clinical study that will test the safety of and immune response to a new, live virus vaccine against the H5N1 influenza virus. This study is being conducted at the NIH Clinical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.
Study namePhase 1 Study of Safety and Immunogenicity of AD4-H5-VTN in AD4 Seronegative Volunteers (Short name – SAMOSA)
Goal of StudyThe purpose of this study is to test an experimental H5N1 influenza (also known as bird flu or avian flu) vaccine to see if it is safe. The vaccine uses a live adenovirus as a carrier (or transporter). Adenoviruses are naturally occurring viruses that typically cause symptoms of a cold or conjunctivitis (a superficial eye infection). We hope that the adenovirus carrier will help the vaccine stimulate an immune response. An immune response is the body’s release of cells and substances that protect the body from infection and foreign matter. Another important goal is to see whether different ways of giving the vaccine cause different immune responses. We also want to see if the adenovirus in the vaccine is contagious or spreads to others.
If we find a safe dose (amount) of adenovirus vaccine to stimulate the immune system, we hope to use this as a carrier for future vaccines to help prevent diseases such as malaria or HIV. We plan to enroll up to 68 subjects that will receive the study vaccine. We estimate that an additional 68 close contacts will be enrolled in this study.
Study RegimenWe will recruit 68 subjects (and up to 68 of their close, household contacts) who are healthy individuals between 18 and 49 years of age; if you have a household contact participating, they must be between the ages of 18 and 65. Volunteers must be in good general health, and be willing to receive a live vaccine. Volunteers must also be willing to spend 7 days hospitalized at the NIH, and to return for at least six visits up to 12 months following vaccination. Volunteers will be compensated.
- You are 18-49 years old, and are HIV-negative
- Your household contacts (if applicable) are between 18-65 years old and do not have a weakened immune system; are not younger than 5 years old; and are not pregnant
- Your household contacts (if applicable) will not receive the vaccine, but will agree to be seen at the NIH two times
- You are healthy
- You are not pregnant or breast feeding
- You are willing to have an HIV test
- You are willing to receive a live vaccine
- You have not had the bird flu or have received a vaccination for the bird flu