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New Hib Vaccine Granted Accelerated Approval

To help remedy vaccine shortage

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THURSDAY, Aug. 20, 2009 (HealthDay News) -- Accelerated approval for Hiberix, a Haemophilus b Conjugate Vaccine, has been granted by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, drug maker GlaxoSmithKline said.

Hiberix was approved as a booster dose for use in children ages 15 months to 4 years old to protect them from invasive disease caused by Haemophilus influenzae type b (Hib), RTTNews reported.

Hib disease is an often serious and potentially deadly bacterial infection that can cause meningitis.

The FDA's accelerated approval is meant to help deal with a shortage in the United States of a vaccine to protect infants from Hib. GlaxoSmithKline said the vaccine should be available within several weeks, RTTNews reported.

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