US clears HIGH-DOSE Sanofi flu vaccine for elderly


Reuters
December 25, 2009

WASHINGTON – U.S. health officials approved on Wednesday a high-dose influenza vaccine made by Sanofi-Aventis DA (SASY.PA) for people age 65 and older.

[efoods]The vaccine uses a higher dose to produce a stronger immune response and better protect the elderly against seasonal flu, the Food and Drug Administration said.

The vaccine will be available for immunizing people in the fall of 2010 ahead of the next flu season, said Sanofi Pasteur, the company’s vaccine unit.

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