Sanofi Pasteur teams with Chris O'Donnell to promote flu vaccine

Sanofi Pasteur recently announced that it is working with actor Chris O'Donnell to promote Fluzone, the company's intradermal influenza vaccine.

Sanofi Pasteur said that low immunization rates in the United States prompted the "NCIS: Los Angeles" star to join a nationwide campaign to educate adults about the importance of vaccination, according to

"I understand the importance of helping to protect myself against the flu, which is why I got my flu vaccination," O'Donnell said, reports. "When my doctor and I talked this year about what may make my experience a good one, we determined Fluzone intradermal vaccine was the best choice for me. The device has a needle smaller than a grain of rice, which for me, made a big difference."

Fluzone is currently the only U.S. Food and Drug Administration-approved intradermal vaccine for adults. The vaccine is administered using an ultra-thin needle that is administered immediately under the skin.

"It is important for people to remember influenza can strike anyone and that the single most important thing adults can do to help prevent getting or spreading the flu is to get their annual flu vaccination," Dr. Carlos E. Picone, an internal medicine specialist at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., said. "I encourage adults to speak with their health care provider or pharmacist to determine if vaccination is right for them and to learn more about available vaccine options."