Trivalent split or subunit influenza vaccines [A/Shangai/11/87 (H3N2), A/Singapore/6/86 (H1N1) and B/Yamagata/16/88] recommended for the 1989-90 winter season and licensed in Italy, were administered to 149 volunteers of three different age groups (elderly, middle-aged and young). Antibody production was determined in pre- and postvaccination sera by haemagglutinin inhibition test and the results were evaluated as protection and response rates. The split vaccine was more immunogenic than the subunit preparation, especially against the B virus strain. Age had no obvious impact on the degree of responsiveness to vaccination. © 1991.
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