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Novartis begins shipment of seasonal influenza vaccines to US market
Date:8/21/2013

ublic health need by providing its seasonal flu vaccines to enable healthcare providers and pharmacists to help protect individuals and families from the flu," said Brent MacGregor, President of US Vaccines and Head of Region North America. "We are pleased to offer a portfolio of flu vaccines that includes Flucelvax, which reflects how we are rethinking flu vaccination with a new approach to vaccine production and which offers a choice to consumers."

Flucelvax is manufactured using innovative cell-culture technology, a process that differs from the traditional influenza vaccine manufacturing process, which occurs in chicken eggs. Cell-culture technology offers several potential benefits, including flexibility in the manufacturing process, creating potential for rapid scalability in the event of a pandemic, and an alternative flu vaccine supply. Flucelvax does not contain any preservatives or antibiotics.

About Seasonal Influenza
Seasonal influenza is a highly communicable, acute viral infection that predominantly attacks the respiratory tract and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness and can sometimes lead to complications and death3.

The number of people in the US who die every year from influenza and its complications could be comparable to the more than 40,000 people in the US who die each year from breast cancer, and to about half of the estimated 73,000 people who die annually of diabetes and its complications each year in the US4,5.

About Fluvirin & Flucelvax
For the 2013-2014 season, Fluvirin and Flucelvax contain antigens that target three influenza virus strains identified by World Health Organization (WHO) experts as likely to dominate circulation this winter.

For Fluvirin, these include6:

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