MONDAY, July 11 (HealthDay News) -- Approval for the Boostrix
vaccine has been expanded by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
to prevent tetanus, diphtheria and pertussis (whooping cough) in
people 65 and older, the agency said in a news release.
While other vaccines exist to prevent tetanus and diphtheria
among seniors, this is the first single booster shot to prevent all
three diseases among this age group, the FDA said.
The vaccine's safety and effectiveness were evaluated in trials
involving some 1,300 people aged 65 and older. The most common
adverse reactions reported were headache, fatigue and
The vaccine was initially approved in May 2005 for people aged
10 through 18. Approval was widened in December 2008 to include
adults aged 19 through 64.
The product is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals,
based in Belgium.
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