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Flushield

Generic Name: influenza virus vaccine (injectable) (in floo ENZ a VYE rus VAK seen)
Brand Names: Fluarix, Fluogen, Flushield, Fluvirin, Fluzone

What is influenza virus injectable vaccine?

Influenza virus (commonly known as "the flu") is a serious disease caused by a virus. Influenza virus can spread from one person to another through small droplets of saliva that are expelled into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes. The virus can also be passed through contact with objects the infected person has touched, such as a door handle or other surfaces.

Influenza virus vaccine is used to prevent infection caused by influenza virus. The vaccine is redeveloped each year to contain specific strains of inactivated (killed) flu virus that are recommended by public health officials for that year.

The injectable influenza virus vaccine (flu shot) is a "killed virus" vaccine. Influenza virus vaccine is also available in a nasal spray form, which is a "live virus" vaccine.

Influenza virus vaccine works by exposing you to a small dose of the virus, which helps your body to develop immunity to the disease. Influenza virus vaccine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.

Influenza virus injectable (killed virus) vaccine will not cause you to become ill with the flu virus that it contains. However, you may have flu-like symptoms at any time during flu season that may be caused by other strains of influenza virus.

Influenza virus vaccine is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 months old.

Like any vaccine, influenza virus vaccine may not provide protection from disease in every person. This vaccine will not prevent illness caused by avian flu ("bird flu").

Developing influenza (commonly known as "the flu") is much more dangerous to your health than receiving this vaccine. Influenza causes thousands of deaths each year, and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations. The influenza virus vaccine can cause side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

What is the most important information I should know about influenza virus injectable vaccine?

Developing influenza (commonly known as "the flu") is much more dangerous to your health than receiving this vaccine. Influenza causes thousands of deaths each year, and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations. The influenza virus vaccine can cause side effects, but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.

The injectable influenza virus vaccine (flu shot) is a "killed virus" vaccine. Influenza virus vaccine is also available in a nasal spray form, which is a "live virus" vaccine. This medication guide addresses only the injectable form of this vaccine. Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. If you ever have to receive another influenza virus vaccine in the future, you will need to tell the doctor if the first shot caused any side effects.

You can still receive an influenza virus injectable vaccine if you have a minor cold. However, if you are moderately or severely ill with a fever or any type of infection, wait until you recover before receiving this vaccine.

Influenza virus injectable (killed virus) vaccine will not cause you to become ill with the flu virus that it contains. However, you may have flu-like symptoms at any time during flu season that may be caused by other strains of influenza virus.

Like any vaccine, influenza virus vaccine may not provide protection from disease in every person. This vaccine will not prevent illness caused by avian flu ("bird flu").

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving influenza virus injectable vaccine?

Do not receive this vaccine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a flu vaccine, or if you have:
  • an active or uncontrolled neurologic disorder (such as Parkinson"s disease, Alzheimer"s disease, or epilepsy);

  • a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome (especially if you had it within 6 weeks after having a flu vaccine); or

  • if you are allergic to chicken or egg products.

Before receiving influenza virus vaccine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • a bleeding or blood clotting disorder, such as hemophilia;

  • any condition that weakens the immune system (such as HIV, AIDS, or cancer); or

  • if you are receiving steroids, chemotherapy, or radiation treatments.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to receive the influenza virus vaccine, or you may need to wait until your condition changes or you have completed your treatments.

FDA pregnancy category C. This vaccine may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon after receiving the vaccine. It is not known whether influenza virus vaccine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. This vaccine should not be given to a child younger than 6 months old.

How is influenza virus injectable vaccine given?

Some brands of this vaccine are made for use in adults and not in children. Your child"s doctor can recommend the best influenza virus vaccine for your child.

This vaccine is given as a shot into a muscle of your upper arm or thigh. Your doctor, nurse, or other healthcare provider will give you this injection.

You should receive a flu vaccine every year. Your immunity will gradually decrease over the 12 months after you receive the influenza virus vaccine. Children receiving this vaccine may need a booster shot one month after receiving the first vaccine.

The influenza virus vaccine is usually given in October or November. Some people may need to have their vaccines earlier or later. Follow your doctor"s instructions.

You can still receive an influenza virus injectable vaccine if you have a minor cold. However, if you are moderately or severely ill with a fever or any type of infection, wait until you recover before receiving this vaccine.

Your doctor may recommend using a non-aspirin pain reliever to prevent pain or fever that can occur with this vaccination. Over-the-counter pain relievers include acetaminophen (Tylenol, Tempra, Panadol, and others) or ibuprofen (Motrin Childrens, Advil Childrens, and others). Use this medication when the shot is given and for the next 24 hours, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Use only the dose your doctor recommends.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since flu shots are usually given only one time per year, you will most likely not be on a dosing schedule. Call your doctor if you forget to receive your yearly flu shot in October or November.

If your child misses a booster dose of this vaccine, call your doctor for instructions.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of influenza virus vaccine is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid before or after getting influenza virus injectable vaccine?

There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity before or after receiving influenza vaccine.

Influenza virus injectable vaccine side effects

Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. If you ever have to receive another influenza virus vaccine in the future, you will need to tell the doctor if the first shot caused any side effects. Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • severe weakness or unusual feeling in your arms and legs (may occur 2 to 4 weeks after you receive the vaccine);

  • high fever; or

  • unusual bleeding.

Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as:

  • low fever, chills;

  • redness, bruising, pain, swelling, or a lump where the vaccine was injected;

  • headache, tired feeling; or

  • joint or muscle pain.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Contact your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect influenza virus injectable vaccine?

Before receiving this vaccine, tell your doctor if you are using phenytoin (Dilantin), theophylline (Respbid, Slo-Bid, Theodur, Uniphyl), or a blood thinner (warfarin, Coumadin).

Influenza virus vaccine can be given at the same time as other vaccinations.

Tell your doctor if you are using any of the following medications that may affect the immune system:

  • azathioprine (Imuran);

  • basiliximab (Simulect);

  • cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf);

  • etanercept (Enbrel);

  • leflunomide (Arava);

  • muromonab-CD3 (Orthoclone);

  • mycophenolate mofetil (CellCept);

  • sirolimus (Rapamune);

  • tacrolimus (Prograf);

  • chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer;

  • a steroid medicine such as betamethasone (Celestone), cortisone (Cortone), dexamethasone (Decadron, Dexone), hydrocortisone (Cortef, Hydrocortone), methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisolone (Prelone, Pediapred), prednisone (Orasone, Deltasone), triamcinolone (Aristocort), and others; or

  • an inhaled or nasal steroid such as beclomethasone (Qvar, Beclovent, Beconase, Vanceril, Vancenase), budesonide (Pulmicort, Rhinocort), flunisolide (Aerobid, Nasalide, Nasarel), fluticasone (Flovent, Flonase), mometasone (Nasonex), or triamcinolone (Azmacort, Nasacort).

If you are using any of these drugs, you may not be able to receive influenza virus vaccine, or you may need dosage adjustments or special tests during treatment.

There may be other drugs not listed that can affect influenza virus vaccine. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use, and other vaccines you receive. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your doctor or pharmacist may have information about influenza virus vaccine written for health professionals that you may read. You may also find additional information from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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