Cole Petrochko
Med Page Today
May 11, 2011

The FDA has approved the first influenza vaccine administered through a novel intradermal microinjection.

The Fluzone Intradermal vaccine is injected through an ultra-fine, 0.6 inch needle that is 90% shorter than most intramuscular flu vaccine needles, according to a statement from manufacturer Sanofi Pasteur. The vaccine works by generating an immune response from dendritic cells in the skin, according to the statement.

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The Fluzone Intradermal vaccine is indicated for adult patients (age 18 to 64) for the subtype A and type B influenza virus, and consists of a 0.5 mL or 0.1 mL, prefilled dosage with 15 mcg and 9 mcg of hemagglutinin, respectively, per strain of influenza.

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