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UPDATE 1-FDA OKs AstraZeneca's influenza vaccine

Wed, 29th Feb 2012 23:46


Feb 29 (Reuters) - U.S. health regulators approved AstraZeneca's vaccine t
o prevent seasonal influenza in people aged 2-49 years.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration said the vaccine FluMist Quadrivalent, which is manufactured by AstraZeneca's MedImmune unit, is the first vaccine that contain four strains of the influenza virus -- two strains each of influenza A and B.

'A vaccine containing the four virus strains most likely to spread and cause illness during the influenza season offers an additional option to aid in influenza prevention efforts,' said Karen Midthun, director of the FDA's Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research.

(Reporting by Anand Basu in Bangalore; Editing by Maju Samuel) Keywords: ASTRAZENECA/

(anand.basu@thomsonreuters.com; within U.S. +1 646 223 8780; outside U.S. +91 80 4135 5800; Reuters Messaging: anand.basu.reuters.com@reuters.net)

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