SWIFTWATER, Pa., Jan. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi (EURONEXT: SAN and NYSE: SNY), announced today the availability of Quadracel™ (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed and Inactivated Poliovirus; DTaP-IPV) vaccine in the United States. Quadracel is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for active immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis and poliomyelitis in children 4 through 6 years of age.
"Far too many children remain undervaccinated against serious diseases like pertussis, polio and Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib) disease," said David P. Greenberg, M.D., Associate Vice President and Regional Medical Head North America, Sanofi Pasteur. "We are committed to helping protect more children by making vaccination as easy and convenient as possible for parents and healthcare providers. The availability of Quadracel is a step in this direction. When Quadracel is used in children who started their immunization series with Pentacel® (DTaP-IPV/Hib), it can save an extra shot and may help improve vaccination coverage for children through 6 years of age."
A 2015 report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed an 11 percent vaccination coverage drop-off from the third to fourth dose of DTaP, and a 12 percent drop-off from the primary to full series of Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib).1
To protect infants and children from life-threatening diseases, the CDC recommends children 4 through 6 years of age receive the fifth dose of the DTaP vaccine and the fourth dose of inactivated poliovirus (IPV) vaccine.2 Quadracel vaccine provides these two vaccines in a single shot.
"Reducing the number of vaccine injections in a multi-dose series can mean more than just convenience," said Michael J. Smith MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine. "According to the CDC, it can also lead to stocking fewer vaccines – which helps facilitate process standardization – increased staff efficiency and prevention of administration errors."
About Quadracel and Pentacel Vaccines
Pentacel vaccine is given as a 4-dose series to children 6 weeks through 4 years of age (prior to fifth birthday) to help prevent diphtheria, tetanus (lockjaw), pertussis (whooping cough), poliomyelitis, and infections caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (e.g., meningitis).
Quadracel vaccine is given for active immunization against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, and poliomyelitis.
A single dose of Quadracel vaccine is approved for use in children 4 through 6 years of age as a fifth dose in the diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis vaccination (DTaP) series, and as a fourth or fifth dose in the inactivated poliovirus vaccination (IPV) series, in children who have received 4 doses of Pentacel and/or DAPTACEL® (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed).
For more information about Pentacel or Quadracel vaccine, talk to your healthcare professional.
There is a small risk of allergic reactions. Some signs of allergic reactions are hives, swelling of the throat, low blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and shock. If your child begins experiencing any of these signs seek treatment right away. These reactions are rare and usually occur before leaving the doctor's office. If you notice any other problems or symptoms following vaccination, please contact your child's healthcare professional promptly.
Tell the doctor if your child has ever experienced a severe brain disorder, such as encephalopathy (altered consciousness), Guillain-Barré syndrome (severe muscle weakness), or if side effects occurred following a previous dose of pertussis-containing vaccine.
Breathing problems following vaccine administered into the muscle have been seen in some babies born prematurely.
Side effects to Pentacel vaccine include redness, swelling, and tenderness at the injection site; fever, fussiness, and abnormal crying. Other side effects may occur.
Side effects of Quadracel vaccine include pain, redness, and swelling at the injection site; muscle pain, fatigue, and headache. Other side effects may occur.
Vaccination with Pentacel or Quadracel vaccine may not protect all people receiving the vaccine.
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1. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2015. https://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/wr/mm6539a4.htm. Accessed December 14, 2016.
2. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 2016 Recommended Immunizations for Children from Birth Through 6 Years Old. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/parents/downloads/parent-ver-sch-0-6yrs.pdf. Accessed December 14, 2016.
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