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Merck & Co., Inc. (MRK) Statement Regarding Role Of PNEUMOVAX® 23 (Pneumococcal Vaccine Polyvalent) In Updated ACIP Recommendations For Pneumococcal Vaccination In Adults



8/14/2014 8:06:11 AM

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WHITEHOUSE STATION, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Merck (NYSE:MRK), known as MSD outside of the United States and Canada, today provided the following statement regarding the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP’s) updated pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adults 65 years of age and older. These recommendations call for a two vaccine regimen utilizing a dose of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine followed by a dose of Merck’s PNEUMOVAX® 23, at an interval to be determined by the ACIP, in adults 65 years of age and older who have not previously received pneumococcal vaccine. ACIP also voted that these recommendations for routine use of the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine in adults 65 years of age and older should be reevaluated in 2018 and revised as needed. ACIP will continue to monitor disease trends and the impact of these new recommendations.

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