USES: This medication is a vaccine against influenza virus. It is recommended for any person over 6 months of age who may be at increased risk of complications from the flu due to age or underlying medical conditions.
This medication is a vaccine against influenza virus. It is recommended for any person over 6 months of age who may be at increased risk of complications from the flu due to age or underlying medical conditions. Notes
Vaccination may be given to anyone wishing to reduce the chance of getting the flu.
For optimal protection, the vaccine must be repeated each year since it may contain different strains from previous years.
This medication is stored in the refrigerator as directed.
Do not freeze.
HOW TO USE THIS MEDICATION: This medication is given by injection into a muscle by a health care professional.
Adults usually receive the injection in the upper arm and children receive it in the upper thigh.
The vaccination is usually given in the September to October time frame when the incidence of flu virus begins to increase.
Only one dose is required for persons age 9 years and older.
Children under 9 years of age may receive a second dose depending on when the first dose was given.
Discuss this schedule with your doctor.
Most common is soreness at the injection site which may last for up to 1-2 days.
Fever, muscle aches and weakness occur infrequently.
If any of these effects continue beyond two days or become bothersome, inform your doctor.
Notify your doctor if you experience breathing trouble, chest tightness, or redness, itching or burning at the injection site.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Tell your doctor if you have any illness, infections or if you have any allergies especially to eggs or egg products.
This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy.
Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
Because this medication appears in breast milk, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
This is usually given as a one time dose.
As with most medications, do not "double-up" the dose if a dose is missed.
Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including steroids or immunosuppressants.
Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
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for, the expertise and judgement of healthcare professionals. The information
is not intended to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, drug interactions
or adverse effects, nor should it be construed to indicate that use of a particular
drug is safe, appropriate or effective for you or anyone else. A healthcare professional
should be consulted before taking any drug, changing any diet or commencing or
discontinuing any course of treatment.