992. 2016/2017 Influenza Burden of Disease and End-of-Season Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness (VE) Estimates for Preventing Influenza-Related Hospitalization Among Canadian Adults: An Analysis from the Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) Serious Outcomes Surveillance (SOS) Network
Session: Poster Abstract Session: Adult and Pediatric Influenza Vaccine
Friday, October 5, 2018
Room: S Poster Hall
Background: To inform public health decision making around influenza prevention and treatment, ongoing surveillance of the influenza burden of disease and assessment of influenza vaccine effectiveness (VE) is critical. The Canadian Immunization Research Network (CIRN) Serious Outcomes Surveillance (SOS) Network conducts active surveillance each influenza season to characterize the burden of influenza disease and to provide estimates of influenza VE to prevent influenza-related hospitalization in Canadian adults (≥16 years of age (y)).

Methods: Active surveillance for influenza was conducted at 13 hospitals in four provinces beginning on November 15th, 2016 and ending April 30th, 2017. Patients admitted with any respiratory diagnosis or symptom were eligible for enrolment. Eligible patients had a nasopharyngeal swab collected and tested for influenza using polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Patients who tested positive for influenza were considered cases; patients who tested negative for influenza were eligible to become matched controls. Detailed demographic and medical information were obtained from the medical record. Influenza VE was estimated as 1- odds ratio (OR) of influenza in vaccinated vs. unvaccinated patients x 100% using conditional logistic regression, with corresponding 95% confidence intervals (CIs).

Results: A total of 1431 influenza cases were enrolled; the majority were influenza A (n=1299) and 100% of patients with known influenza A subtype were A/H3N2. Among all influenza cases, 144 (10.1%) patients were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) and 91 (6.4%) patients died within 30 days of discharge. Overall adjusted influenza VE for prevention of influenza-related hospitalization in all ages was 23.3% (95% CI: 2.9-39.4%), with slightly lower VE observed in patients ≥65y (VE: 19.4%; 95% CI: -7.8-39.8%) and higher VE observed in patients <65y (VE: 47.9%; 95% CI: 9.9-69.9%).

Conclusion: Overall, influenza VE was low but effective (VE: 23%) for preventing influenza-related hospitalization during the 2016/2017 season in Canada. Given the low influenza VE observed, continued assessment of influenza VE is crucial to inform immunization policy in Canada, and to emphasize the importance of the development and utilization of improved influenza vaccines.

Michaela Nichols, MSc1, Melissa K Andrew, MD, PhD1, Todd F Hatchette, MD FRCPC1, Ardith Ambrose, RN1, Guy Boivin, MD, MSc2, May Elsherif, MD1, Karen Green, MSc, RN3, Jennie Johnstone, MD, PhD4,5, Kevin Katz, MD, CM, MSc, FRCPC6, Jason Leblanc, PhD1, Mark Loeb, MD, MSc4, Donna Mackinnon-Cameron, MMath1, Anne Mccarthy, MD7, Janet McElhaney, MD8, Allison McGeer, MD, MSc3, Andre Poirier, MD, MSc9, Jeff Powis, MD, MSc, FRCPC10, David Richardson, MD11, Makeda Semret, MD12, Daniel Smyth, MD, FRCPC13, Sylvie Trottier, MD, PhD2, Louis Valiquette, MD, MSc, FRCPC14, Duncan Webster, MD15, Lingyun Ye, MSc1 and Shelly A McNeil, MD, FIDSA1, (1)Canadian Center for Vaccinology, IWK Health Centre and Nova Scotia Health Authority, Dalhousie University, Halifax, NS, Canada, (2)Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Quebec, Quebec City, QC, Canada, (3)Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada, (4)McMaster University, Hamilton, ON, Canada, (5)Public Health Ontario, Toronto, ON, Canada, (6)North York General Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada, (7)The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada, (8)Health Sciences North Research Institute, Sudbury, ON, Canada, (9)Centre Intégré Universitaire de santé et services sociaux, Trois-Rivieres, QC, Canada, (10)Michael Garron Hospital, Toronto, ON, Canada, (11)William Osler Health System, Brampton, ON, Canada, (12)McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada, (13)The Moncton Hospital, Moncton, NB, Canada, (14)Microbiology and Infectious Disease, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC, Canada, (15)Saint John Regional Hospital, Dalhousie University, Saint John, NB, Canada


M. Nichols, None

M. K. Andrew, GSK: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Pfizer: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Sanofi Pasteur: Grant Investigator , Research grant .

T. F. Hatchette, GSK: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Pfizer: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Abbvie: Consultant , Speaker honorarium .

A. Ambrose, None

G. Boivin, None

M. Elsherif, None

K. Green, None

J. Johnstone, None

K. Katz, None

J. Leblanc, None

M. Loeb, None

D. Mackinnon-Cameron, None

A. Mccarthy, None

J. McElhaney, GSK: Scientific Advisor , Speaker honorarium . Sanofi Pasteur: Scientific Advisor , Speaker honorarium .

A. McGeer, GSK: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Hoffman La Roche: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Sanofi Pasteur: Grant Investigator , Research grant .

A. Poirier, Sanofi Pasteur: Investigator , Research grant . Actelion: Grant Investigator , Research grant .

J. Powis, GSK: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Merck: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Roche: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Synthetic Biologics: Investigator , Grant recipient .

D. Richardson, None

M. Semret, GSK: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Pfizer: Grant Investigator , Research grant .

D. Smyth, None

S. Trottier, CIHR: Grant Investigator , Research grant .

L. Valiquette, None

D. Webster, None

L. Ye, None

S. A. McNeil, GSK: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Pfizer: Grant Investigator , Research grant . Merck: Collaborator and Consultant , Contract clinical trials and Speaker honorarium . Novartis: Collaborator , Contract clinical trials . Sanofi Pasteur: Collaborator , Contract clinical trials .

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