The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has adopted a positive opinion for Sanofi Pasteur's hexavalent vaccine for babies and toddlers, Hexaxim, as part of a procedure designed to evaluate medicinal products intended for markets outside the European Union.
The company attributed the problem to the levels of virus components in the end product and said the increased levels of fits must be related to characteristics of the virus unique to the 2010 strain.
VaxInnate's VAX161, the company's vaccine in development to protect against a bird flu pandemic, has moved into Phase I trials.
Most women are careful about what drugs they take or what treatments they have while they are pregnant, but the H1N1 swine flu shot given during pregnancy seems to have an added bonus: a lower risk of stillbirths or premature births, and a lower number of very small babies born.
Researchers in Canada are touting a 2009 swine flu shot as a potential route to a universal vaccine that could target all forms of influenza, according to data published in Frontiers of Immunology.
Hemispherx Biopharma's RNA-based adjuvant, Ampligen (rintatolimod), is being tested in a new indication--this time intranasally for the first time in humans along with AstraZeneca's nasal flu vaccine FluMist.
Preclinical data published in Vaccine on Dutch biotech Mucosis' nasal flu vaccine showed that it protected mice against infection with the flu virus.
Novavax saw a climb in its share value on the announcement that it has started enrollment of a Phase I clinical trial of its A/H5N1 vaccine to prevent bird flu.
In the first large, population-based randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of text message vaccine reminders, parents getting a reminder were more likely to take their kids for a flu shot.
Finnish researchers found that the chance of narcolepsy was much higher in children who received a certain flu vaccine.