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Sanofi Pasteur Announces FDA Approval of Menactra Meningococcal Conjugate Vaccine Indication for Infants
Date:4/22/2011

States received Menactra vaccine using a two-dose schedule, starting as young as 9 months of age. Results from these studies showed that 2 doses of Menactra vaccine given 3 months apart elicit a robust immune response against the serogroups included in the vaccine. The studies also showed that measles-mumps-rubella-varicella vaccine (MMRV) and pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV7) can be administered concomitantly with Menactra vaccine in children. Vaccine related reactions included swelling, tenderness at injection site, and irritability.

"The approval of Menactra vaccine for infants is a significant advancement toward potentially eliminating the threat of this serious disease in this vulnerable population for included serogroups," said Michael Decker, MD, MPH, vice president, scientific and medical affairs at Sanofi Pasteur. "With this approval, it is now possible to help protect persons from 9 months through 55 years of age."

About Menactra Vaccine

Menactra (Meningococcal  [Groups A, C, Y and W-135] Polysaccharide Diphtheria Toxoid Conjugate Vaccine) is the only U.S. licensed conjugate vaccine for persons age 9 months through 55 years of age for active immunization against invasive meningococcal disease caused by N. meningitidis serogroups A, C, Y and W-135.  

Sanofi Pasteur is a vaccine industry leader with a strong heritage of meningococcal vaccine development.  Meningococcal vaccines designed to help protect against serogroups A and C were introduced in the mid-1970s.  In 1981, Menomune® - A/C/Y/W-135 (Meningococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine, Groups A, C, Y and W-135 Combined) became the first meningococcal vaccine available to help protect against meningococcal disease caused by four of the five most common serogroups (A, C, Y and W-135).  In 2005, Menactra vaccine became the first quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine available in the United States for people ages 11 through
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