Sanofi Pasteur Ships First of its 2016-2017 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Doses in United States
- World's largest influenza vaccine manufacturer expects to distribute more than 65 million vaccine doses to help protect people six months and older against the flu -
- Shipments to health care providers and distributors mark the start of influenza immunization season -
- Approximately 60 percent of vaccinated seniors expected to receive Fluzone High-Dose vaccine this season -
Jul 26, 2016
SWIFTWATER, Pa., July 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today that its first doses of Fluzone® (Influenza Vaccine) for the 2016-2017 influenza ("flu") season have been released by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for shipment. This represents the first of more than 65 million total doses of seasonal influenza vaccine manufactured by Sanofi Pasteur that will be delivered to U.S. health care providers and pharmacies beginning in July and continuing throughout the remainder of the year. Sanofi Pasteur plans to increase its supply to respond to the shifting pediatric public health needs.
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Seasonal influenza activity typically occurs between October and May and peaks between December and February. However, influenza activity peaked noticeably late last season occurring in early March 2016.1 Influenza seasons are always unpredictable as new influenza strains emerge and strain activity fluctuates throughout the year, making timely vaccination even more important to help protect against the virus, especially for seniors, young children and infants six months of age and older.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccination for everyone six months of age and older, with rare exception, and recommends receiving the vaccine as soon as it is available to help with prevention even before the season begins. In the 2015-2016 influenza season, 50 percent of seniors who were vaccinated received Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, and this number is expected to rise to 60 percent in the coming season.
"There is general awareness of influenza among the public given its widespread prevalence," said David P. Greenberg, M.D., Associate Vice President and Regional Medical Head North America, Sanofi Pasteur. "What is not well known is that influenza can be life-threatening and have a lasting health impact, especially for the most vulnerable populations. In the 2014-2015 season, the CDC estimated 40 million flu illnesses, 19 million flu-associated medical visits and almost 1 million flu-associated hospitalizations."2
As the single largest provider of influenza vaccine to the United States, Sanofi Pasteur provides a wide range of influenza vaccine options. The Fluzone vaccine portfolio meets immunization needs across the entire lifespan, from children as young as six months of age through adults 65 years of age and older, and includes the following products:
"Sanofi Pasteur is at the forefront of influenza vaccine innovation," said Dr. Greenberg. "Our legacy for researching and manufacturing influenza vaccines has existed for nearly 70 years at our Swiftwater-based facility, demonstrating our experience and commitment to this important public health need. We are dedicated to continuously improving our influenza vaccine options to ultimately help protect against influenza strains, including drifted strains that may occur in the future."
To address recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), Sanofi Pasteur has increased production of Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine where possible. Sanofi Pasteur is the sole provider of injectable influenza vaccine for pediatric patients six months through 35 months of age.
Health care providers who placed reservations with Sanofi Pasteur should expect to receive initial shipments between late July and early August to support fall immunization campaigns. Health care providers wishing to reserve vaccine can do so by visiting www.vaccineshoppe.com or by calling 1-800-VACCINE (1-800-822-2463). Members of the public seeking a specific vaccine option, such as Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent vaccine, or Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine, can search for local providers at www.Fluzone.com.
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Children six months through eight years of age may require two doses of vaccine for the 2016-2017 influenza season. Parents should consult their health care provider about the number of doses of influenza vaccine their child should receive.
Individuals who are not immunized early in the season will still have time do so as the influenza vaccination is beneficial throughout the season, even into the spring, as long as influenza viruses are still in circulation.9
About Fluzone Vaccines
Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine is given to people 6 months of age and older. Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent vaccine is given to people 18 through 64 years of age. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is given to people 65 years of age and older.
Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose, vaccines should not be administered to anyone with a severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any vaccine component, including eggs, egg products, or thimerosal (the multidose vial is the only presentation containing thimerosal), or to a previous dose of any influenza vaccine.
Tell the doctor if you/your child has ever experienced Guillain-Barré syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after a previous dose of influenza vaccine. If you notice any other problems or symptoms following vaccination, please contact your health care professional immediately. Vaccination with Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, or Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may not protect all individuals.
For more information about Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, or Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, talk to your health care professional and see complete Patient Information.
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi, provides more than 1 billion doses of vaccine each year, making it possible to immunize more than 500 million people across the globe. A world leader in the vaccine industry, Sanofi Pasteur produces a portfolio of high quality vaccines that matches its areas of expertise and meets public-health demand. The company's heritage, to create vaccines that protect life, dates back more than a century. Sanofi Pasteur is the largest company entirely dedicated to vaccines. Every day, the company invests more than EUR 1 million in research and development. For more information, please visit: www.sanofipasteur.com or www.sanofipasteur.us
Forward Looking Statements
1 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). What You Should Know for the 2015-2016 Influenza Season. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2015-2016.htm. Accessed May 9, 2016.
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