FDA Expands Use of CSL Limited’s Seasonal and H1N1 Vaccines to Infants and Children
Mon, 11/16/2009 - 8:04am
The FDA has approved the use of the CSL Limited’s seasonal and 2009 H1N1 influenza vaccines to include children ages 6 months and older. These vaccine were previously approved for use in adults, ages 18 years and older “Because children are among those most vulnerable to the 2009 H1N1 virus, having a broader range of vaccines available for use in children is an important step in responding to the H1N1 outbreak,” said Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D., commissioner of food and drugs. The company’s 2009 H1N1 vaccine is manufactured and tested using the same well-established licensing processes that have been in place for many years for the company’s seasonal flu vaccine. The approval was based on a study of the company’s seasonal flu vaccine in children, showing both the vaccine's safety and its ability to induce antibodies expected to protect against influenza. These findings supported approval under FDA's accelerated approval regulations, which help safe and effective medical products for serious or life-threatening diseases to become available sooner to the public. Common adverse events experienced by children after administration of seasonal and H1N1 vaccines typically include pain, redness and swelling at the injection site as well as, in some cases, irritability, loss of appetite and drowsiness. As with any medical product, unexpected or rare serious adverse events may occur. FDA is collaborating with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and other government agencies to enhance the capacity for adverse event safety monitoring during and after the 2009 H1N1 vaccination program. Because CSL’s seasonal and H1N1 monovalent vaccines contain a small amount of egg protein, they should not be administered to anyone allergic to eggs or egg products. The vaccines will be available both in single-dose, preservative-free, pre-filled syringes and in multi-dose vials that contain thimerosal, a mercury derivative, as a preservative. Both vaccines are manufactured by CSL Ltd. of Australia.