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U.S. FDA Licenses Sanofi Pasteur's New Influenza Vaccine Manufacturing Facility
Date:5/6/2009

50 million people, or four out of five residents of the U.S., are recommended to receive influenza vaccine annually. The CDC recommends an annual influenza immunization for anyone who wishes to reduce their risk of contracting influenza; children 6 months through 18 years of age; adults 50 years of age and older; pregnant women; and anyone with chronic health conditions, such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), heart disease, and diabetes. The CDC also recommends annual immunization for caregivers and household contacts of these high-risk groups; such as relatives and health-care providers.

At present there is not yet an influenza vaccine available to prevent influenza caused by the new influenza A (H1N1) virus. Sanofi Pasteur is working closely with the World Health Organization and the CDC to prepare for the development and production of a vaccine that would help prevent against this new influenza A (H1N1) virus. If public health authorities deem it necessary, due to worsening pandemic threat, Sanofi Pasteur is ready to produce a new influenza A (H1N1) vaccine candidate.

About Fluzone Vaccine

Fluzone vaccine is given to persons 6 months of age and older for active immunization against influenza virus types A and B contained in the vaccine. A Fluzone vaccine formulation (trade name: Fluzone, Influenza Virus Vaccine, No Preservative) that does not contain a preservative at any stage in the manufacturing process was introduced in 2004-2005. It is the first FDA-licensed injectable influenza vaccine to be manufactured in this way.

Important Information

Fluzone vaccine is given for active immunization in persons 6 months of age and older against influenza virus types A and B contained in the vaccine.

Side effects to Fluzone vaccine are soreness at the injection site that can last up to 2 days, pain, and swelling; fever, fatigue, and muscular pain.
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