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  • Dengvaxia is indicated for the prevention of dengue disease caused by dengue virus serotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4 in individuals 9 to 45 years of age with prior dengue virus infection and living in endemic areas., The use of Dengvaxia should be in accordance with official recommendations.,

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  • EMA - European Medicines Agency
  • Authorization status:
  • Authorised
  • Authorization number:
  • EMEA/H/C/004171
  • Authorization date:
  • 11-12-2018
  • EMEA code:
  • EMEA/H/C/004171
  • Last update:
  • 26-03-2019

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EMA/739699/2018

EMEA/H/C/004171

Dengvaxia (dengue tetravalent vaccine [live, attenuated])

An overview of Dengvaxia and why it is authorised in the EU

What is Dengvaxia and what is it used for?

Dengvaxia is a vaccine used to help protect against dengue disease.

Dengue disease is a mosquito-borne tropical disease caused by the dengue virus leading to mild, flu-

like symptoms in most people. However, a small number of patients develop severe disease, with

potentially fatal bleeding and organ damage. The risk of severe disease is higher in people who have

been infected a second time.

There are several varieties (called serotypes) of dengue virus and Dengvaxia protects against

serotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4.

Dengvaxia is only for use in people from 9 to 45 years of age who have been infected with dengue

virus before and who live in areas where this infection is endemic. Endemic areas are areas where the

disease occurs regularly throughout the year.

Dengvaxia contains attenuated (weakened) yellow fever viruses that have been manipulated so that

they contain proteins from dengue virus.

How is Dengvaxia used?

Dengvaxia must only be given to people who have had a positive test result showing a previous

infection with dengue virus. The vaccine is given as 3 doses, 6 months apart. The injection is given

under the skin, preferably in the upper arm.

Dengvaxia can only be obtained with a prescription and should be used according to official

recommendations. For more information about using Dengvaxia, see the package leaflet or contact

your doctor or pharmacist.

How does Dengvaxia work?

Vaccines work by ‘teaching’ the immune system (the body’s natural defences) how to defend the body

against a disease. Dengvaxia contains weakened viruses that do not cause disease. When a person is

given the vaccine, the immune system recognises the dengue proteins in the weakened viruses as

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‘foreign’ and makes antibodies against them. In the future, when the person comes into contact with

dengue virus, these antibodies together with other components of the immune system will be able to

kill the virus and help protect against the disease.

What benefits of Dengvaxia have been shown in studies?

Three studies were carried out in Asia and Latin America involving over 35,000 children aged 2 to 16

years. The studies included both children who had and had not been infected with dengue virus in the

past. Children were given either 3 injections of Dengvaxia or 3 injections of placebo (a dummy

vaccine) with 6 months between each injection. Cases of dengue disease were recorded for one year

after the last injection.

Overall, among children aged between 9 and 16 years and who had previous dengue infection, there

were around 79% fewer cases of dengue disease in children vaccinated with 3 doses of Dengvaxia

compared with placebo. Available data are not sufficient to confirm how well the vaccine works in

individuals previously infected by dengue virus and younger than 9 years.

However, among children aged between 9 and 16 years who had not had previous dengue infection,

the risk of severe dengue disease if they later became infected with the virus was higher in people

vaccinated compared with those given placebo (estimated at 2 additional cases per 1000 people

vaccinated over 5 years).

Additional studies showed that the vaccine is also effective in people aged 16 to 45 years.

What are the risks associated with Dengvaxia?

The most common side effects with Dengvaxia (which may affect more than 1 in 10 people) are

headache, injection site pain, malaise (feeling unwell), muscle pain, weakness and fever. Allergic

reactions, which may be severe, are a very rare side effect of Dengvaxia.

Dengvaxia must not be given to people with weakened immune systems, including people whose

immune system has been weakened by HIV infection or medicines such as cancer medicines or high

doses of corticosteroids. Dengvaxia must also not be given to women who are pregnant or

breastfeeding.

For the full list of side effects and restrictions with Dengvaxia, see the package leaflet.

Why is Dengvaxia authorised in the EU?

Dengvaxia is effective at reducing the number of cases of dengue disease in people aged between 9

and 45 years who have had the infection in the past. However, people who have not had dengue

infection in the past may have a higher risk of severe dengue disease if they become infected with the

virus after vaccination with Dengvaxia. Therefore, the vaccine should only be given to people who have

had a previous dengue infection, as confirmed by laboratory testing.

There is no other vaccine for dengue disease and neither is there a specific treatment. Dengvaxia’s

side effects are usually mild or moderate and do not last longer than three days.

The European Medicines Agency therefore decided that Dengvaxia’s benefits are greater than its risks

and it can be authorised for use in the EU in areas where dengue disease is endemic.

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What measures are being taken to ensure the safe and effective use of

Dengvaxia?

The company that markets Dengvaxia will provide educational material for healthcare professionals

with information on the use of Dengvaxia including the need to test for previous dengue infection and

how to detect early dengue disease.

Recommendations and precautions to be followed by healthcare professionals and patients for the safe

and effective use of Dengvaxia have also been included in the summary of product characteristics and

the package leaflet.

As for all medicines, data on the use of Dengvaxia are continuously monitored. Side effects reported

with Dengvaxia are carefully evaluated and any necessary action taken to protect patients.

Other information about Dengvaxia

Dengvaxia received a marketing authorisation valid throughout the EU on 12 December 2018.

Further information on Dengvaxia can be found on the Agency’s website:

ema.europa.eu/medicines/human/EPAR/Dengvaxia

This overview was last updated in 12-2018.

Patient Information leaflet: composition, indications, side effects, dosage, interactions, adverse reactions, pregnancy, lactation

B. PACKAGE LEAFLET

Package Leaflet: Information for the User

Dengvaxia, powder and solvent for suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe

Dengue tetravalent vaccine (live, attenuated)

This medicine is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new

safety information. You can help by reporting any side effects you may get. See the end of section 4

for how to report side effects.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you or your child is vaccinated because it contains

important information for you.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

This vaccine has been prescribed for you or your child only. Do not pass it on to others.

If you or your child get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes

any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

What Dengvaxia is and what it is used for

What you need to know before you or your child use Dengvaxia

How to use Dengvaxia

Possible side effects

How to store Dengvaxia

Contents of the pack and other information

1.

What Dengvaxia is and what it is used for

Dengvaxia is a vaccine. It is used to help protect you or your child against "dengue disease" caused by

dengue virus serotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4. It contains versions of these 4 varieties of the virus that have

been weakened so that they cannot cause the disease.

Dengvaxia is given to adults, young people and children (from 9 to 45 years of age) with prior dengue

virus infection and who live in endemic areas (also see sections 2 and 3).

Endemic areas are areas where the disease has been continuously present among the people who live

there and where outbreaks or epidemics have occurred.

Dengvaxia should be used according to official recommendations.

How the vaccine works

Dengvaxia stimulates the body’s natural defences (immune system), to produces antibodies that will

help protect against the viruses that cause dengue disease if the body is exposed to them in the future.

What is dengue and dengue disease?

Dengue is a viral infection which spreads through the bite of an infected

Aedes

mosquito. The virus

from an infected person can spread to other people through mosquito bites for about 4 to 5 days

(maximum 12 days) after the first symptoms appear. Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-

to-person.

Dengue disease results in symptoms including fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint

pain, feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting), swollen glands or skin rash. Symptoms usually last

for 2 to 7 days. You can also have dengue but show no symptoms (called "asymptomatic").

Occasionally dengue can be severe enough for you to have to go to hospital and in rare cases it can

cause death. Severe dengue can give you a high fever and any of the following: severe abdominal

(belly) pain, persistent sickness (vomiting), rapid breathing, severe bleeding, bleeding in the stomach,

bleeding gums, feeling tired, feeling restless, coma, having fits (seizures) and organ failure.

2.

What you need to know before you or your child use Dengvaxia

To make sure that Dengvaxia is suitable for you or your child, it is important to tell your doctor,

pharmacist or nurse if any of the points below apply to you or your child. If there is anything you do

not understand, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to explain.

Do not use Dengvaxia if you or your child

Know you are allergic to the active substances or any of the other ingredients of Dengvaxia

(listed in section 6).

had an allergic reaction after using Dengvaxia before. Signs of an allergic reaction may include

an itchy rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face and tongue.

have a weak immune system (the body's natural defences). This may be due to a genetic defect

or HIV infection.

are taking a medicine that affects the immune system (such as high-dose corticosteroids or

chemotherapy). Your doctor will not use Dengvaxia until 4 weeks after you stop treatment.

are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Warnings and precautions

If you or your child have never been infected by dengue virus before vaccination, you may have an

increased risk of a more serious dengue illness that may lead to hospitalisation if you are later bitten

by a dengue-infected mosquito.

Before the administration of Dengvaxia, your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will check if you or your

child have ever been infected by dengue virus, and will tell you if a serotesting has to be performed.

Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Dengvaxia if you or your child have:

a mild to high fever or acute disease. You will not get Dengvaxia until you or your child have

recovered.

ever had any health problems when given a vaccine. Your doctor will carefully consider the

risks and benefits of vaccination.

ever fainted from an injection. Fainting, and sometime falling, can occur (mostly in young

people) following, or even before, any injection with a needle.

Travellers

Vaccination is not recommended if you live in area where dengue infections do not regularly occur

and if you plan to travel to an area where dengue infections regularly occur.

Outbreaks

Dengvaxia should not be used in the context of dengue outbreak (sudden occurrence of disease) in

non-endemic regions.

Important information about the protection provided

As with any vaccines, Dengvaxia may not protect everybody who has been vaccinated. You must

continue to protect yourself against mosquito bites even after vaccination.

After vaccination, you should consult a doctor if you or your child believe you might have a dengue

infection, and develop any of the following symptoms: high fever, severe abdominal pain, persistent

vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, tiredness, restlessness and blood in vomit.

Additional protection precautions

You should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. This includes using insect repellents, wearing

protective clothing, and using mosquito nets.

Younger children

Children less than 9 years of age must not receive the vaccine.

Other medicines and Dengvaxia

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you or your child are using, have recently used or might use any

other vaccines or medicines.

In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:

medicines that affect your body’s natural defences (immune system) such as high-dose

corticosteroids or chemotherapy. In this case, your doctor will not use Dengvaxia until 4 weeks

after you stop treatment. This is because Dengvaxia might not work as well.

medicines called “immunoglobulins” or blood products containing immuno globulins, such as

blood or plasma. In this case, your doctor will not use Dengvaxia until 6 weeks, and preferably

not for 3 months after you stop treatment. This is because Dengvaxia might not work as well.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not use Dengvaxia if you or your daughter are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you or your daughter:

are of child-bearing age, you must use an effective method of contraception to avoid pregnancy

for at least one month after each Dengvaxia dose.

think you or your daughter may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor,

pharmacist or nurse for advice before using Dengvaxia.

Driving and using machines

Dengvaxia has minor influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

3.

How to use Dengvaxia

Dengvaxia is given by your doctor or nurse as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in

the upper arm. It must not be injected into a blood vessel.

You or your child will receive 3 injections of 0.5 mL – one every 6 months.

The first injection will be given at the chosen or scheduled date.

The second injection, 6 months after the first injection.

The third injection, 6 months after the second injection.

Dengvaxia should be used according to official recommendations.

Previous dengue infection has to be assessed by laboratory confirmed history of dengue or through

serotesting according to official recommendations.

Instructions for preparing the vaccine intended for medical and healthcare professionals are

included at the end of the leaflet.

If you or your child miss an injection of Dengvaxia

If you or your child miss a scheduled injection, your doctor will decide when to give the missed

injection. It is important that you or your child follow the instructions of your doctor,

pharmacist or nurse regarding follow-up injection.

If you forget or are not able to go back at the schedule time, ask your doctor, pharmacist or

nurse for advice.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Dengvaxia can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Serious allergic (anaphylactic) reactions

If any of these symptoms occur after leaving the place where you or your child received an injection,

contact a doctor immediately

difficulty breathing

blueness of the tongue or lips

a rash

swelling of the face or throat

low blood pressure causing dizziness or fainting

sudden and serious feeling of illness or unease with drop in blood pressure causing dizziness

and loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat linked with breathing difficulty.

These signs or symptoms (anaphylactic reactions) usually develop soon after the injection is given and

while you or your child are still in the clinic or doctor’s surgery. They can also happen very rarely

after receiving any vaccine (may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people).

Other serious reactions

For some people who have not been infected by dengue before vaccination, there may be an increased

risk of getting a more serious dengue illness requiring hospitalisation if they become bitten by a

dengue-infected mosquito later. This increased risk may mainly begin during the third year following

the first injection.

Other side effects

The following side effects occurred during studies in children, young people and adults. Most of the

side effects occurred within 3 days of having the injection of Dengvaxia.

Very common:

(may affect more than 1 in 10 people)

headache

muscle pain (myalgia)

generally feeling unwell (malaise)

weakness (asthenia)

injection site pain

fever.

Common:

(may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

injection site reactions: redness (erythema), bruising (haematoma), swelling, and itching

(pruritus).

Uncommon:

(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

infections of the nose or throat (upper respiratory tract)

feeling dizzy

sore throat (oropharyngeal pain)

cough

feeling sick (nausea)

rash (skin eruption)

neck pain

hardening of skin at the injection site (injection site induration).

Very rare:

(may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people)

allergic reactions.

Additional side effects in adults:

Uncommon:

(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

pain or swelling of the nose or throat (nasopharyngitis)

swollen glands (lymphadenopathy)

dry mouth

skin eruption over the whole body (rash generalized)

joint pain (arthralgia)

injection site warmth

chills

fatigue.

Additional side effects in children and adolescents (from 9 to and including 17 years of age):

Uncommon:

(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

itchy rash (urticaria).

Rare:

(may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)

runny nose (rhinorrhea).

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side

effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting

system listed in Appendix V. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the

safety of this medicine.

5.

How to store Dengvaxia

Keep Dengvaxia out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use Dengvaxia after the expiry date that is stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date

refers to the last day of that month.

Store in a refrigerator (2

C to 8

Do not freeze.

Keep the vaccine in the outer carton in order to protect it from light.

After mixing (reconstitution) with the solvent provided, the product should be used immediately.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to

throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Dengvaxia contains

After reconstitution, one dose (0.5 mL) contains 4.5 - 6.0 log10 CCID

* of each serotype of the

chimeric yellow fever dengue virus** (1, 2, 3 and 4) (live, attenuated).

* CCID

: 50% Cell Culture Infectious Dose.

** Produced in Vero cells by recombinant DNA technology. This product contains genetically

modified organisms (GMOs).

The other ingredients are: essential amino acids including Phenylalanine, non-essential amino

acids, Arginine hydrochloride, Sucrose, Trehalose dihydrate, Sorbitol (E420), trometamol, urea,

sodium chloride, water for injections.

What Dengvaxia looks like and contents of the pack

Dengvaxia is a powder and solvent for suspension for injection. Dengvaxia is provided as a powder in

a single-dose vial and a solvent in single-dose pre-filled syringe (0.5 mL) with 2 separate needles or

with no needle. The powder and the solvent must be mixed together before use.

Dengvaxia is available in packs of 1 or 10. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

The powder is a white, homogenous, freeze-dried powder with possible retraction at the base (ring-

shaped cake possible).

The solvent (0.4% sodium chloride solution) is a limpid, colourless solution.

After reconstitution with the solvent provided, Dengvaxia is a clear, colourless liquid with the possible

presence of white to translucent particles.

Marketing Authorisation Holder:

Sanofi Pasteur

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France

Manufacturer:

SANOFI PASTEUR

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France

SANOFI PASTEUR NVL

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69250 Neuville-sur-Saône

France

For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing

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България

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This leaflet was last revised in [{MM/YYYY}].

Other sources of information

Detailed information on this medicine is available on the European Medicines Agency web site:

http://www.ema.europa.eu.

Path to more information on dengue and vaccination by scanning the QR code included on the outer

carton with a smartphone. The same information is also available on the following URL:

http://qr.sanofi.com/dengvaxia

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The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

As with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment and supervision must always be

readily available in the event of an anaphylactic reaction following the administration of

Dengvaxia.

Dengvaxia must not be mixed with other medicinal products in the same syringe.

Dengvaxia must not be administered by intravascular injection under any circumstances.

Immunisation should be carried out by subcutaneous (SC) injection preferably in the upper arm

in the region of the deltoid.

Syncope (fainting) can occur following, or even before, any vaccination as a psychogenic

response to injection with a needle. Procedures should be in place to prevent injury from falling

and to manage syncopal reactions.

Reconstitution and handling of single-dose presentation

Dengvaxia must be reconstituted prior to administration.

Dengvaxia is reconstituted by transferring all of the solvent (0.4% sodium chloride solution) provided

in the blue-labeled pre-filled syringe into the vial of freeze-dried powder with a yellowish green

flip-off cap.

1. Attach a sterile needle to the pre-filled syringe for the transfer of the solvent.

2. Transfer the entire content of the pre-filled syringe into the vial containing the powder.

3. Swirl gently until the powder is completely dissolved.

The suspension should be visually inspected prior to administration. After reconstitution, Dengvaxia is

a clear, colourless liquid with the possible presence of white to translucent particles (of endogenous

nature).

After complete dissolution, a 0.5 mL dose of the reconstituted suspension is withdrawn into the same

syringe. For injection, the syringe should be fitted with a new sterile needle.

Contact with disinfectants is to be avoided since they may inactivate the vaccine viruses.

After reconstitution with the solvent provided, Dengvaxia must be used immediately.

Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local regulations.

Package Leaflet: Information for the User

Dengvaxia, powder and solvent for suspension for injection in multidose containers

Dengue tetravalent vaccine (live, attenuated)

This medicine is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new

safety information. You can help by reporting any side effects you may get. See the end of section 4

for how to report side effects.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you or your child is vaccinated because it contains

important information for you.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

This vaccine has been prescribed for you or your child only. Do not pass it on to others.

If you or your child get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes

any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

What Dengvaxia is and what it is used for

What you need to know before you or your child use Dengvaxia

How to use Dengvaxia

Possible side effects

How to store Dengvaxia

Contents of the pack and other information

1.

What Dengvaxia is and what it is used for

Dengvaxia is a vaccine. It is used to help protect you or your child against "dengue disease" caused by

dengue virus serotypes 1, 2, 3 and 4. It contains versions of these 4 varieties of the virus that have

been weakened so that they cannot cause the disease.

Dengvaxia is given to adults, young people and children (from 9 to 45 years of age) with prior dengue

virus infection and who live in endemic areas (also see sections 2 and 3).

Endemic areas are areas where the disease has been continuously present among the people who live

there and where outbreaks or epidemics have occurred.

Dengvaxia should be used according to official recommendations.

How the vaccine works

Dengvaxia stimulates the body’s natural defences (immune system), to produces antibodies that will

help protect against the viruses that cause dengue disease if the body is exposed to them in the future.

What is dengue and dengue disease?

Dengue is a viral infection which spreads through the bite of an infected

Aedes

mosquito. The virus

from an infected person can spread to other people through mosquito bites for about 4 to 5 days

(maximum 12 days) after the first symptoms appear. Dengue is not transmitted directly from person-

to-person.

Dengue disease results in symptoms including fever, headache, pain behind the eyes, muscle and joint

pain, feeling sick (nausea), being sick (vomiting), swollen glands or skin rash. Symptoms usually last

for 2 to 7 days. You can also have dengue but show no symptoms (called "asymptomatic").

Occasionally dengue can be severe enough for you to have to go to hospital and in rare cases it can

cause death. Severe dengue can give you a high fever and any of the following: severe abdominal

(belly) pain, persistent sickness (vomiting), rapid breathing, severe bleeding, bleeding in the stomach,

bleeding gums, feeling tired, feeling restless, coma, having fits (seizures) and organ failure.

2.

What you need to know before you or your child use Dengvaxia

To make sure that Dengvaxia is suitable for you or your child, it is important to tell your doctor,

pharmacist or nurse if any of the points below apply to you or your child. If there is anything you do

not understand, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse to explain.

Do not use Dengvaxia if you or your child

Know you are allergic to the active substances or any of the other ingredients of Dengvaxia

(listed in section 6).

had an allergic reaction after using Dengvaxia before. Signs of an allergic reaction may include

an itchy rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face and tongue.

have a weak immune system (the body's natural defences). This may be due to a genetic defect

or HIV infection.

are taking a medicine that affects the immune system (such as high-dose corticosteroids or

chemotherapy). Your doctor will not use Dengvaxia until 4 weeks after you stop treatment.

are pregnant or breast-feeding.

Warnings and precautions

If you or your child have never been infected by dengue virus before vaccination, you may have an

increased risk of a more serious dengue illness that may lead to hospitalisation if you are later bitten

by a dengue-infected mosquito.

Before the administration of Dengvaxia, your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will check if you or your

child have ever been infected by dengue virus, and will tell you if a serotesting has to be performed.

Tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before using Dengvaxia if you or your child have:

a mild to high fever or acute disease. You will not get Dengvaxia until you or your child have

recovered.

ever had any health problems when given a vaccine. Your doctor will carefully consider the

risks and benefits of vaccination.

ever fainted from an injection. Fainting, and sometime falling, can occur (mostly in young

people) following, or even before, any injection with a needle.

Travellers

Vaccination is not recommended if you live in area where dengue infections do not regularly occur

and if you plan to travel to an area where dengue infections regularly occur.

Outbreaks

Dengvaxia should not be used in the context of dengue outbreak (sudden occurrence of disease) in

non-endemic regions.

Important information about the protection provided

As with any vaccines, Dengvaxia may not protect everybody who has been vaccinated. You must

continue to protect yourself against mosquito bites even after vaccination.

After vaccination, you should consult a doctor if you or your child believe you might have a dengue

infection, and develop any of the following symptoms: high fever, severe abdominal pain, persistent

vomiting, rapid breathing, bleeding gums, tiredness, restlessness and blood in vomit.

Additional protection precautions

You should take precautions to prevent mosquito bites. This includes using insect repellents, wearing

protective clothing, and using mosquito nets.

Younger children

Children less than 9 years of age must not receive the vaccine.

Other medicines and Dengvaxia

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you or your child are using, have recently used or might use any

other vaccines or medicines.

In particular, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any of the following:

medicines that affect your body’s natural defences (immune system) such as high-dose

corticosteroids or chemotherapy. In this case, your doctor will not use Dengvaxia until 4 weeks

after you stop treatment. This is because Dengvaxia might not work as well.

medicines called “immunoglobulins” or blood products containing immuno globulins, such as

blood or plasma. In this case, your doctor will not use Dengvaxia until 6 weeks, and preferably

not for 3 months after you stop treatment. This is because Dengvaxia might not work as well.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Do not use Dengvaxia if you or your daughter are pregnant or breast-feeding. If you or your daughter:

are of child-bearing age, you must use an effective method of contraception to avoid pregnancy

for at least one month after each Dengvaxia dose.

think you or your daughter may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor,

pharmacist or nurse for advice before using Dengvaxia.

Driving and using machines

Dengvaxia has minor influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

3.

How to use Dengvaxia

Dengvaxia is given by your doctor or nurse as an injection under the skin (subcutaneous injection) in

the upper arm. It must not be injected into a blood vessel.

You or your child will receive 3 injections of 0.5 mL – one every 6 months.

The first injection will be given at the chosen or scheduled date.

The second injection, 6 months after the first injection.

The third injection, 6 months after the second injection.

Dengvaxia should be used according to official recommendations.

Previous dengue infection has to be assessed by laboratory confirmed history of dengue or through

serotesting according to official recommendations.

Instructions for preparing the vaccine intended for medical and healthcare professionals are

included at the end of the leaflet.

If you or your child miss an injection of Dengvaxia

If you or your child miss a scheduled injection, your doctor will decide when to give the missed

injection. It is important that you or your child follow the instructions of your doctor,

pharmacist or nurse regarding follow-up injection.

If you forget or are not able to go back at the schedule time, ask your doctor, pharmacist or

nurse for advice.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

4.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Dengvaxia can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Serious allergic (anaphylactic) reactions

If any of these symptoms occur after leaving the place where you or your child received an injection,

contact a doctor immediately

difficulty breathing

blueness of the tongue or lips

a rash

swelling of the face or throat

low blood pressure causing dizziness or fainting

sudden and serious feeling of illness or unease with drop in blood pressure causing dizziness

and loss of consciousness, rapid heartbeat linked with breathing difficulty.

These signs or symptoms (anaphylactic reactions) usually develop soon after the injection is given and

while you or your child are still in the clinic or doctor’s surgery. They can also happen very rarely

after receiving any vaccine (may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people).

Other serious reactions

For some people who have not been infected by dengue before vaccination, there may be an increased

risk of getting a more serious dengue illness requiring hospitalisation if they become bitten by a

dengue-infected mosquito later. This increased risk may mainly begin during the third year following

the first injection.

Other side effects

The following side effects occurred during studies in children, young people and adults. Most of the

side effects occurred within 3 days of having the injection of Dengvaxia.

Very common:

(may affect more than 1 in 10 people)

headache

muscle pain (myalgia)

generally feeling unwell (malaise)

weakness (asthenia)

injection site pain

fever.

Common:

(may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

injection site reactions: redness (erythema), bruising (haematoma), swelling, and itching

(pruritus).

Uncommon:

(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

infections of the nose or throat (upper respiratory tract)

feeling dizzy

sore throat (oropharyngeal pain)

cough

feeling sick (nausea)

rash (skin eruption)

neck pain

hardening of skin at the injection site (injection site induration).

Very rare:

(may affect up to 1 in 10 000 people)

allergic reactions.

Additional side effects in adults:

Uncommon:

(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

pain or swelling of the nose or throat (nasopharyngitis)

swollen glands (lymphadenopathy)

dry mouth

skin eruption over the whole body (rash generalized)

joint pain (arthralgia)

injection site warmth

chills

fatigue.

Additional side effects in children and adolescents (from 9 to and including 17 years of age):

Uncommon:

(may affect up to 1 in 100 people)

itchy rash (urticaria).

Rare:

(may affect up to 1 in 1000 people)

runny nose (rhinorrhea).

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side

effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the national reporting

system listed in Appendix V. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the

safety of this medicine.

5.

How to store Dengvaxia

Keep Dengvaxia out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use Dengvaxia after the expiry date that is stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date

refers to the last day of that month.

Store in a refrigerator (2

C to 8

Do not freeze.

Keep the vaccine in the outer carton in order to protect it from light.

After mixing (reconstitution) with the solvent provided, the product must be used within 6 hours if

stored between 2°C and 8°C (i.e., in a refrigerator) and protected from light.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to

throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Dengvaxia contains

After reconstitution, one dose (0.5 mL) contains 4.5 - 6.0 log10 CCID

* of each serotype of the

chimeric yellow fever dengue virus** (1, 2, 3 and 4) (live, attenuated).

* CCID

: 50% Cell Culture Infectious Dose.

** Produced in Vero cells by recombinant DNA technology. This product contains genetically

modified organisms (GMOs).

The other ingredients are: essential amino acids including Phenylalanine, non-essential amino

acids, Arginine hydrochloride, Sucrose, Trehalose dihydrate, Sorbitol (E420), trometamol, urea,

sodium chloride, water for injections.

What Dengvaxia looks like and contents of the pack

Dengvaxia is a powder and solvent for suspension for injection. Dengvaxia is provided as a powder in

a 5-dose vial and a solvent in a 5-dose vial (2.5 mL). The powder and the solvent must be mixed

together before use.

Dengvaxia is available in packs of 5 (vaccine and solvent vials provided in the same box).

The powder is a white, homogenous, freeze-dried powder with possible retraction at the base (ring-

shaped cake possible).

The solvent (0.9% sodium chloride solution) is a limpid, colourless solution.

After reconstitution with the solvent provided, Dengvaxia is a clear, colourless liquid with the possible

presence of white to translucent particles.

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France

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France

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This leaflet was last revised in [{MM/YYYY}].

Other sources of information

Detailed information on this medicine is available on the European Medicines Agency web site:

http://www.ema.europa.eu.

Path to more information on dengue and vaccination by scanning the QR code included on the outer

carton with a smartphone. The same information is also available on the following URL:

http://qr.sanofi.com/dengvaxia

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The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:

As with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment and supervision must always be

readily available in the event of an anaphylactic reaction following the administration of

Dengvaxia.

Dengvaxia must not be mixed with other medicinal products in the same syringe.

Dengvaxia must not be administered by intravascular injection under any circumstances.

Immunisation should be carried out by subcutaneous (SC) injection preferably in the upper arm

in the region of the deltoid.

Syncope (fainting) can occur following, or even before, any vaccination as a psychogenic

response to injection with a needle. Procedures should be in place to prevent injury from falling

and to manage syncopal reactions.

Reconstitution and handling of multidose presentation

Dengvaxia must be reconstituted prior to administration.

Dengvaxia is reconstituted by transferring all of the solvent (0.9% sodium chloride solution) provided

in the 5-dose vial with a dark gray flip-off cap into the 5-dose vial of freeze-dried powder with a

medium brown flip-off cap, using a sterile syringe and needle.

1. Use a sterile syringe and needle for the transfer of the solvent.

2. Transfer the entire content of the solvent vial (with a dark gray flip-off cap) into the vial

containing the powder (medium brown flip-off cap).

3. Swirl gently until the powder is dissolved.

The suspension should be visually inspected prior to administration. After reconstitution, Dengvaxia is

a clear, colourless liquid with the possible presence of white to translucent particles (of endogenous

nature).

After complete dissolution, a 0.5 mL dose of the reconstituted suspension is withdrawn into a sterile

syringe. A new sterile syringe and needle should be used for withdrawal of each of the 5 doses. The

recommended size of the needle to be used is 23G or 25G.

Before each injection, the reconstituted suspension should be gently swirled once again.

Contact with disinfectants is to be avoided since they may inactivate the vaccine viruses.

After reconstitution with the solvent provided, Dengvaxia must be used within 6 hours.

Partially used multidose vials must be kept between 2°C and 8°C (i.e., in a refrigerator) and protected

from light.

Any remaining vaccine doses should be discarded at the end of the immunization session or within 6

hours after reconstitution, whichever comes first.

A partially used multidose vial must be discarded immediately if:

Sterile dose withdrawal has not been fully observed.

A new sterile syringe and needle were not used for reconstitution or withdrawal of each of the

previous doses.

There is any suspicion that the partially used vial has been contaminated.

There is visible evidence of contamination, such as a change in appearance.

Any unused product or waste material should be disposed of in accordance with local regulations.