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- First and Only Booster in the US for Protection Against
Pertussis From Adolescence Through Adulthood
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines business of the sanofi-aventis Group
(EURONEXT: SAN), (NYSE: SNY), announces the availability of
Adacel(TM) (Tetanus Toxoid, Reduced Diphtheria Toxoid and Acellular
Pertussis Vaccine Adsorbed) in the US for protection against tetanus,
diphtheria, and pertussis from adolescence through adulthood. Adacel
vaccine is the first booster to address pertussis--or whooping
cough--protection across a wide range of ages (11 through 64 years)
and the first and only such booster licensed for adults in the US It
was licensed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on June 10,
2005. It has been a licensed product in Canada and Germany.
Adacel vaccine should be administered as a single, 0.5 mL dose by
intramuscular injection. It is sold in packages of ten, single-dose
At its June meeting, the Advisory Committee on Immunization
Practices (ACIP) to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) voted to recommend that adolescents 11 and 12 years of age be
given a tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis booster (Tdap) in place of the
tetanus-diphtheria (Td) booster currently given to adolescents. The
committee also recommended that Tdap be given to adolescents 13
through 18 who missed the 11 to 12 year dose of Td, and adolescents
11 to 18 who have already been vaccinated with Td are encouraged to
receive a dose of Tdap to further protect against pertussis. The ACIP
received additional background information on adult Tdap immunization
and will consider adult recommendations at its October meeting.
Background on Pertussis
The number of reported cases of pertussis continues to rise across
the United States, raising concern in the public health and medical
communities. Pertussis immunity from early childhood vaccinations
wears off, leaving adults and adolescents susceptible to the disease,
which they can then transmit to others. At particular risk are
newborns who have not yet been fully vaccinated against pertussis,
are more vulnerable to severe pertussis, and face the possibility of
serious complications and even death. Over the last decade, 80% of
pertussis deaths have occurred in infants under six months of age.
Adults often are the source of pertussis for infants and young
children. A 2004 study sponsored by the US Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention (CDC) reported that in cases where the source
of the disease was identifiable, adults were responsible for over
half of pertussis cases in infants, with parents the source for 47
per cent and grandparents for 8 per cent of cases. Health-care
workers are of special concern for acquiring and transmitting the
disease because of their exposure to both infected and susceptible
A Growing Threat
Data from the CDC indicate that pertussis case reports for 2004
are the highest number since 1959. Reports of pertussis have
increased most dramatically among adolescents and adults.
Pertussis also has a financial impact on the family. One study
found that the average medical costs for an infant with pertussis was
more than $2,800, while parents lost an average of six days of work
to care for an ill child. This loss of productivity cost families an
average of $767. Another study, published in 2004, found that the
majority of adults missed an average of 9.8 days of work due to their
disease, while adolescents missed an average of 5.5 days of
For full prescribing information, see the Adacel vaccine package
insert at www.vaccineplace.com
The sanofi-aventis Group is the world's third-largest
pharmaceutical company, ranking number one in Europe. Backed by a
world-class R&D organization, sanofi-aventis is developing leading
positions in seven major therapeutic areas: cardiovascular disease,
thrombosis, oncology, metabolic diseases, central nervous system,
internal medicine, and vaccines. The sanofi-aventis Group is listed
in Paris (EURONEXT: SAN) and in New York (NYSE: SNY).
Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines business of the sanofi-aventis Group,
sold 950 million doses of vaccine in 2004, making it possible to
protect more than 500 million people across the globe, which is about
1.4 million per day. The company offers the broadest range of
vaccines, providing protection against 20 bacterial and viral
diseases. For more information, please visit: www.sanofipasteur.com
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in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
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and similar expressions. Although sanofi-aventis' management believes
that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements
are reasonable, investors are cautioned that forward-looking
information and statements are subject to various risks and
uncertainties, many of which are difficult to predict and generally
beyond the control of sanofi-aventis, that could cause actual results
and developments to differ materially from those expressed in, or
implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and
statements. These risks and uncertainties include those discussed or
identified in the public filings with the SEC and the AMF made by
sanofi-aventis, including those listed under "Risk Factors" and
"Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" in
sanofi-aventis' annual report on Form 20-F for the year ended
December 31, 2004. Other than as required by applicable law,
sanofi-aventis does not undertake any obligation to update or revise
any forward-looking information or statements.
Sanofi-aventis Group subsidiaries in the United States include
Sanofi-Synthelabo Inc., Aventis Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Sanofi
Note to Editors:
Prescribing information and Fact Sheets about
Adacel vaccine and pertussis are available upon request and at
 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Outbreaks of
Pertussis Associated with Hospitals - Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and
Oregon, 2003. MMWR. 2004;54(3):67-71.
 Vitek CR, Pascual FR, Baugham, AL, Murphy TV. Increase in
deaths from pertussis from young infants in the United States in the
1990s, Pediar Infect Dis J. 2003:22:628:634-636.
 Bisgard KM, et al. Infant Pertussis: Who Was the Source?
Pediar Infect Dis J.. 2004;23(11):985-989.
 CDC. Division of Bacterial and Mycotic Diseases. Pertussis
Disease Information. Available at:
April 8, 2005.
 Lee HL, Pichichero ME. Costs of Illness Due to Bordetella
Pertussis in Families. Arch Fam Med. 2000;9:989-996.
 Lee GM, et al. Societal Costs and Morbidity of Pertussis in
Adolescents and Adults. Clin Infect Dis. 2004;39(11):1572-1580.
Len Lavenda Michel Joly - sanofi-aventis
Sanofi Pasteur US Media Relations Directeur Adjoint de la Communication
Tel.: +1-570-839-4446 et Directeur de la Communication
Len.Lavenda@sanofipasteur.com Produits et Scientifique
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