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

55 years of age.  Menactra vaccine was approved for use in children ages 2 through 10 years of age in 2007; and approved for use in infants as young as 9 months of age in 2011.

Side effects following administration of Menactra vaccine include: pain, redness and swelling at the injection site, as well as headache or irritability and fatigue.  Other side effects may occur. Vaccination should be avoided by persons with known hypersensitivity (severe allergic reaction) to any ingredient of the vaccine, including latex (which is used in the vial stopper), or by any persons previously diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome.  Vaccination with Menactra vaccine may not protect all individuals.

For Menactra vaccine prescribing information, please contact Sanofi Pasteur US.

About Meningococcal Disease

Meningococcal disease, which includes meningitis, is a serious bacterial infection that strikes between 1,000 and 2,600 Americans each year.  Approximately 10 percent of individuals who contract meningococcal disease will die. Of those who survive, up to one in five suffer permanent disabilities such as hearing loss, neurological damage and limb amputations.  Meningococcal disease can be hard to recognize, especially in its early stages, because symptoms are similar to those of more common viral illnesses.  Unlike more common illnesses, the disease can progress quickly and may cause death or disability in just a single day.  

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Sanofi-aventis, a leading global pharmaceutical company, discovers, develops and distributes therapeutic solutions to improve the lives of everyone. Sanofi-aventis is listed in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY). For more information, please visit: www.sanofi-aventis.com

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