SUGAR LAND, TX -- (Marketwire) -- 11/18/11 -- Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas) -- The end of the year brings the holiday season and festivities, but it also marks the start of the influenza season and another round of flu shots. Worldwide, seasonal influenza kills an estimated 250,000 to 500,000 people each year. Tens of thousands of Americans die in a typical flu season. Governments and pharmaceutical companies have been preparing for flu season since the beginning of the year to ensure there are enough stockpiles of the flu vaccines to protect the population.
Currently, six pharmaceutical companies are licensed to produce the influenza vaccine, including Sanofi Pasteur, the vaccines division of Sanofi SA (NYSE:SNY); Novartis AG (NYSE:NVS) (Basel, Switzerland); GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) (London, England); ID Biomedical Corporation of Quebec (Laval, Quebec), a subsidiary of GlaxoSmithKline; CSL Biotherapies (Victoria, Australia); and MedImmune LLC (Gaithersburg, Maryland).
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