Vaxelis Hexavalent Vaccine Description
Vaxelis is a hexavalent (six-in-one) combination vaccine available in the USA and Europe. It is a pediatric Hexavalent vaccine that includes antigens for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and poliomyelitis from Sanofi and antigens for H. influenzae type b and hepatitis B from Merck.
On February 11, 2021, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Advisory Committee included VAXELIS as a combination vaccine option in the Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule. Vaxelis is approved for use in children from 6 weeks through 4 years of age (before the 5th birthday).
Vaxelis was Approved in Europe in 2016.
VAXELIS was developed as part of a partnership established in 1991 between Merck and Sanofi Pasteur and draws upon both companies' experience in developing, manufacturing, and marketing individual and combination vaccines. VAXELIS includes antigens for diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis (whooping cough), and poliomyelitis from Sanofi Pasteur and antigens for Haemophilus influenzae type b and hepatitis B from Merck.
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Vaxelis Hexavalent Vaccine Indication
Vaxelis is indicated for active immunization to prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b.
Do not administer VAXELIS to anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of VAXELIS, any ingredient of VAXELIS, or any other diphtheria toxoid, tetanus toxoid, pertussis-containing vaccine, inactivated poliovirus vaccine, hepatitis B vaccine, or H. influenzae type b vaccine, anyone with a history of encephalopathy within 7 days of a pertussis-containing vaccine with no other identifiable cause, or anyone with a history of a progressive neurologic disorder until a treatment regimen has been established and the condition has stabilized.
Vaccination with VAXELIS may not protect all individuals. The solicited adverse reactions 0-5 days following any dose were irritability (≥55%), crying (≥45%), injection site pain (≥44%), somnolence (≥40%), injection site erythema (≥25%), decreased appetite (≥23%), fever ≥38.0°C (≥19%), injection site swelling (≥18%), and vomiting (≥9%).
Vaxelis Hexavalent Vaccine Dosage
Vaxelis is administered as a 3-dose immunization series as an intramuscular injection at 2, 4, and 6 months of age.
Vaxelis Hexavalent Vaccine News
June 1, 2021 - Merck and Sanofi announced 'VAXELIS is the first and only hexavalent (six-in-one) combination vaccine is now available in the U.S. indicated for active immunization to help prevent diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B, and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b.
June 27, 2019 - The US government’s vaccine advisory committee voted unanimously to include all parts of Vaxelis within the Vaccines for Children program.
December 26, 2018 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved Vaxelis (Diphtheria and Tetanus Toxoids and Acellular Pertussis Adsorbed, Inactivated Poliovirus, Haemophilus b Conjugate [Meningococcal Protein Conjugate] and Hepatitis B [Recombinant] Vaccine) for use in children from 6 weeks through 4 years of age (before the 5th birthday).