The co-administration of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine with incorporated tetanus toxoid (MenACWY-TT) with diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine (Tdap) is noninferior to isolated vaccination for adolescents and young adults and does not compromise immunity, according to a study published in Vaccine.

An international team of researchers conducted a phase 3, randomized, controlled, partially blind analysis to assess the immunization and safety implications associated with the co-administration of MenACWY-TT with Tdap vs separate vaccine administration in adolescents and young adults.

Healthy individuals (n=660) aged 11 to 25 years were randomly assigned to 1 of 3 vaccination groups: MenACWY-TT and Tdap at month 0, MenACWY-TT at month 0 with Tdap at month 1, and Tdap at month 0 with MenACWY-TT at month 1. Serum bactericidal and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays were used to measure immune response and antibody concentrations, respectively; immunosorbency assays were targeted for anti-diphtheria, anti-tetanus, anti-pertussis toxin; anti-filamentous hemagglutinin; and anti-pertactin antibodies. Safety and noninferiority were also evaluated.

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Results suggest that immunogenicity of MenACWY-TT co-administered with Tdap is noninferior to isolated vaccine administration with anti-diphtheria and anti-tetanus antibody concentrations >1 IU/mL for each. Noninferiority criteria were achieved for anti-pertussis toxin but not for anti-filamentous hemagglutinin or anti-pertactin antibodies.

More than 93% of all participants demonstrated response to each of the 4 meningococcal serogroups; more than 99% demonstrated seroprotection against anti-diphtheria and anti-tetanus and more than 85% had booster responses to pertussis antigens.

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“Despite the failure to meet the non-inferiority criteria for immunogenicity for [anti-filamentous hemagglutinin and anti-pertactin antibodies], high booster responses and increases in antibody [geometric mean concentrations] against [anti-pertussis toxin, anti-filamentous hemagglutinin, and anti-pertactin] may translate into prolonged antibody persistence and long-term protection,” the authors concluded. “Although a decreased immune response to Tdap in terms of [anti-filamentous hemagglutinin and anti-pertactin geometric mean concentrations] was observed, the clinical relevance of this observation is most likely limited and therefore the data support co-administration of Tdap and MenACWY-TT in adolescents.”

Disclosure: Funding and manuscript approval was provided by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals SA.


Rivera L, Schwarz TF, Kim K-H, et al. Immunogenicity and safety of the quadrivalent meningococcal vaccine MenACWY-TT co-administered with a combined diphtheria-tetanus-acellular pertussis vaccine versus their separate administration in adolescents and young adults: a phase III, randomized study [published online June 28, 2018]. Vaccine. doi: 10.1016/j.vaccine.2018.04.034