By Matt Grossman

 

Sanofi and Merck & Co.'s pediatric combination vaccine for six diseases is now available in the U.S., the companies said Tuesday.

The vaccine protects against diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, poliomyelitis, hepatitis B and invasive disease due to Haemophilus influenzae type b. The vaccine, called Vaxelis, has been approved as a three-dose series in children between 6 weeks old and four years old.

Use of the vaccine reduces the number of shots children would get in their first six months of life, said Joanne Monahan, senior vice president of U.S. vaccines at Merck.

 

Write to Matt Grossman at matt.grossman@wsj.com

 

(END) Dow Jones Newswires

June 01, 2021 07:53 ET (11:53 GMT)

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