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Sanofi Pasteur Begins Shipments of Fluzone(R), Influenza Virus Vaccine for 2009-2010 Seasonal Influenza
Date:7/27/2009

need to delay immunization once vaccine is available. However, those who missed an immunization opportunity early in the season are urged to seek immunization throughout the influenza season because immunization is beneficial in disease prevention as long as influenza is circulating in the community.

The vaccine formulation for the 2009-2010 season contains three strains of the influenza virus: the A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1)-like virus; the A/Brisbane/10/2007 (H3N2)-like virus; and the B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus. The three strains for the new influenza vaccine formulation were confirmed by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee in February 2009 and correspond with recommendations made by the World Health Organization (WHO) also in February. Influenza vaccine is formulated each year to match the strains predicted to circulate during the upcoming season. This formulation for the 2009-2010 influenza season introduces a new B strain. The two A strains are unchanged from the 2008-2009 season formulation.

The seasonal influenza vaccine does not incorporate the A/California/7/2009(H1N1) virus strain of the novel A(H1N1) influenza and is not expected to offer protection against this new type of influenza. Sanofi Pasteur is working with the WHO and the CDC on the development of a separate vaccine for the novel A(H1N1) influenza, commonly referred to as the new "swine" influenza.

Influenza Vaccine Recommendations

Approximately 260 million people, or four out of five residents of the U.S. are recommended to receive the influenza vaccine annually. The CDC recommends an( )annual influenza immunization for all children 6 months through 18 years of age; adults over 50 years of age; pregnant women; anyone with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and diabetes; as wel
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