Investigations of Influenza Vaccination in Kidney and Lung Transplant Populations

  • Author / Creator
    Bergeron, Amber
  • These two studies investigate the immune responses of lung and kidney transplant recipients to the influenza vaccine. The study involving kidney transplant recipients developed a novel flow cytometry assay to measure cell-mediated immunity in response to influenza vaccination. The activation of T-cells was assessed through the change in T-cell production of interferon gamma after vaccination. In lung transplant recipients, the study examined the formation of de novo anti-HLA antibodies following influenza vaccination. Anti-HLA antibodies were classified as donor-specific or not. The study in kidney transplant recipients found that the influenza vaccine is effective at stimulating the immune response and producing long-lived memory in these patients, as evidenced by high baseline T-cell activity. The study of lung transplant recipients found that receiving the influenza vaccine did not result in the production of anti-HLA antibodies. Both studies found vaccine to be safe for use in these populations.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2010
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    Master of Science
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