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Sanofi Pasteur Responds to Nation's Need for Hib Vaccine With Increased Supply
Date:6/25/2009

- The CDC Reinstates Booster Dose of Hib Vaccine -

SWIFTWATER, Pa., June 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of the sanofi-aventis Group (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today that the company has been able to increase the supply of its Hib-containing vaccines to enable the return to a full series of vaccinations for U.S. children. Based on the increased supply, on July 1, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will reinstate its recommendation that children receive a booster dose of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) vaccine after 12 months of age. The CDC also provided guidance on a phased approach to immunize children whose booster dose was previously deferred at their next regularly scheduled medical visit. The CDC had recommended a temporary deferral of the booster dose of Hib vaccine in 2007 due to supply constraints caused by another manufacturer's withdrawal of Hib vaccine from the market. Since that time, Sanofi Pasteur has been, and continues to be, the sole supplier of Hib vaccine to the U.S. market.

Sanofi Pasteur is able to meet the nation's need for Hib vaccination through the use of its two Hib-containing vaccines: Pentacel(R) (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus and Haemophilus b Conjugate [Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate] Vaccine) and ActHIB(R) (Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine [Tetanus Toxoid Conjugate]).

"Sanofi Pasteur has accelerated production and reallocated excess global supplies so that health-care providers can stop deferring the booster dose and return to protecting children with the full Hib vaccine series," said Wayne Pisano, president and CEO of Sanofi Pasteur. "We are proud that we are able to fulfill this important national need. In recent years, Sanofi Pasteur has supplied appr
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