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Coadministration of anti-viral monoclonal antibodies with routine pediatric vaccines and implications for nirsevimab Use: A white paper


Esposito, S and Abu-Raya, B and Bonanni, P and Cahn-Sellem, F and Flanagan, KL and Martinon Torres, F and Mejias, A and Nadel, S and Safadi, MAP and Simon, A, on behalf of the World Association for Infectious Diseases Immunological Disorders (WAidid), Coadministration of anti-viral monoclonal antibodies with routine pediatric vaccines and implications for nirsevimab Use: A white paper, Frontiers in Immunology, 12 Article 708939. ISSN 1664-3224 (2021) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2021 Esposito, Abu-Raya, Bonanni, Cahn-Sellem, Flanagan, Martinon Torres, Mejias, Nadel, Safadi and Simon. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms

DOI: doi:10.3389/fimmu.2021.708939


Routine childhood vaccinations are key for the protection of children from a variety of serious and potentially fatal diseases. Current pediatric vaccine schedules mainly cover active vaccines. Active vaccination in infants is a highly effective approach against several infectious diseases; however, thus far, for some important viral pathogens, including respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), vaccine development and license by healthcare authorities have not been accomplished. Nirsevimab is a human-derived, highly potent monoclonal antibody (mAb) with an extended half-life for RSV prophylaxis in all infants. In this manuscript, we consider the potential implications for the introduction of an anti-viral mAb, such as nirsevimab, into the routine pediatric vaccine schedule, as well as considerations for coadministration. Specifically, we present evidence on the general mechanism of action of anti-viral mAbs and experience with palivizumab, the only approved mAb for the prevention of RSV infection in preterm infants, infants with chronic lung disease of prematurity and certain infants with hemodynamically significant heart disease. Palivizumab has been used for over two decades in infants who also receive routine vaccinations without any alerts concerning the safety and efficacy of coadministration. Immunization guidelines (Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices, Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunization, National Advisory Committee on Immunization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics, The Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany) support coadministration of palivizumab with routine pediatric vaccines, noting that immunobiologics, such as palivizumab, do not interfere with the immune response to licensed live or inactiv 1000 ated active vaccines. Based on the mechanism of action of the new generation of anti-viral mAbs, such as nirsevimab, which is highly specific targeting viral antigenic sites, it is unlikely that it could interfere with the immune response to other vaccines. Taken together, we anticipate that nirsevimab could be concomitantly administered to infants with routine pediatric vaccines during the same clinic visit.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:RSV, monoclonal antibodies, nirsevimab, palivizumab, vaccine
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Immunology
Research Field:Applied immunology (incl. antibody engineering, xenotransplantation and t-cell therapies)
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Prevention of human diseases and conditions
UTAS Author:Flanagan, KL (Dr Katie Flanagan)
ID Code:151628
Year Published:2021
Web of Science® Times Cited:1
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2022-08-02
Last Modified:2022-09-08
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