It is used to prevent the flu.
- Suspension Prefilled Syringe
- .5ml of 2022-23
- 1 Syringe
Influenza Virus Vaccine (Inactivated)
(in floo EN za VYE rus vak SEEN, in ak ti VAY ted)
Brand Names: US
Afluria Quadrivalent, Afluria [DSC], Fluad, Fluarix Quadrivalent, Flucelvax Quadrivalent, Flucelvax [DSC], FluLaval Quadrivalent, Fluvirin [DSC], Fluzone High-Dose, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent [DSC], Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone [DSC]
What is this drug used for?
It is used to prevent the flu.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?
If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had. This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems. Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?
Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists. If you have a latex allergy, talk with your doctor. If you are allergic to eggs, talk with the doctor. This drug may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor. This drug is a vaccine with a virus that is not active. It cannot cause the disease. This drug is not a cure for the flu. It must be given before you are exposed to the flu in order to work. Most of the time, it takes a few weeks for this drug to work. This drug only protects you for 1 flu season. You will need to get the flu vaccine each year. Not all brands of vaccines are for all children. Talk with your child's doctor. Some children may need to have more than 1 dose of this vaccine. Talk with your child's doctor. Some children have had a fever and seizures caused by fevers with some flu vaccines. Most of the time, this happened in children younger than 5 years of age. Fever has also been seen in children 5 to younger than 9 years of age. Talk with your child's doctor. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect: Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat. A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal. Not able to move face muscles as much. Trouble controlling body movements. Very bad dizziness or passing out. Muscle weakness. Seizures. Change in eyesight.
What are some other side effects of this drug?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away: For all patients taking this drug: Pain, redness, or swelling where the shot was given. Headache. Muscle or joint pain. Feeling tired or weak. Young children: Mild fever. Upset stomach or throwing up. Stomach pain or diarrhea. Not hungry. Feeling sleepy. Feeling fussy. Crying that is not normal. These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
How is this drug best taken?
Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely. It is given as a shot into a muscle.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
Call your doctor to find out what to do.
How do I store and/or throw out this drug?
If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
General drug facts
If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor. Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs. Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets. Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area. Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider. If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.