Approval Date: June 14
Protects Against: Meningitis
GlaxoSmithKline's ($GSK) MenHibrix is the only non-influenza vaccine the FDA approved in 2012. MenHibrix combines vaccines to prevent disease from meningococcal groups C and Y as well as Haemophilus influenzae type b, or Hib. U.S. regulators have licensed the vaccine to be given to infants and children as young as 6 weeks to 18 months of age, according to the FDA. Vaccines for Hib began flooding the market back in the 1980s. But MenHibrix has an edge because healthcare providers can give it to patients as young as 6 weeks old.
GSK received another feather in its cap when a U.S. Centers for Disease Control panel recommended MenHibrix for bacterial meningitis for use in babies at increased risk of infection. The vaccine can also be used in babies aged 2 months through 18 months who live in communities battling outbreaks of meningococcal disease caused by serogroups C and Y.
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