Generic Name: influenza virus vaccine (IN-floo-EN-za)
Brand Name: Fluvirin
Fluvirin is used for:
Protecting against certain strains of influenza (flu) in patients 4 years old and older.
Fluvirin is a vaccine. It works by stimulating the body to produce antibodies against certain types of the flu virus, which helps your body to fight the infection.
Do NOT use Fluvirin if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Fluvirin, including neomycin, polymyxin, or egg proteins or egg products
- you have had a severe allergic reaction (eg, rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue) to a prior flu vaccination
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Fluvirin:
Some medical conditions may interact with Fluvirin. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
- if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
- if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
- if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances (including rubber or latex)
- if you are allergic to thimerosal (a preservative)
- if you have a fever, cold, respiratory tract infection, or other infection or recent illness
- if you have a bleeding problem (eg, hemophilia) or low blood platelet levels
- if you have immune system problems (eg, HIV, weakened immune system)
- if you are receiving radiation treatment or chemotherapy, or if you have recently received or will be receiving any other vaccines
- if you have a history of Guillain-BarrÃ© syndrome or other nervous system problems
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Fluvirin. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
- Anticoagulants (eg, warfarin) because the risk of bleeding at the injection site may be increased
- Corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) or other medicines that may weaken the immune system because they may decrease Fluvirin's effectiveness. Ask your doctor if you are unsure if any of your medicines may weaken the immune system
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Fluvirin may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
How to use Fluvirin:
Use Fluvirin as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Fluvirin is usually given once a year in September, October, or November.
- Fluvirin is given as an injection at your doctor's office, hospital, or clinic. Contact your health care provider if you have any questions.
- Some children may need to receive more than 1 dose of Fluvirin. Discuss your child's flu vaccine history with your doctor. Be sure to follow the vaccination schedule provided by your doctor.
- Do not use Fluvirin if it has been frozen, contains particles, is cloudy or discolored, or if the vial or syringe is cracked or damaged.
- If you miss a dose of Fluvirin, contact your doctor right away.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Fluvirin.
Important safety information:
- If you have a fever, cold, respiratory tract infection, or other illness, contact your doctor before you receive Fluvirin. You may need to receive your injection at a later time.
- Fluvirin contains killed viruses. It cannot cause you to develop the flu.
- Fluvirin is not a cure for the flu. It must be given before you are exposed to the flu in order to be effective.
- Fluvirin is only effective for 1 flu season. You will need to receive the flu vaccine each year.
- Fluvirin is not effective against all strains of the flu virus. It may also not protect everyone who receives it.
- Fluvirin does not protect against other respiratory infections.
- Tell your doctor if you have recently received or will be receiving any other vaccines.
- Tell you doctor or dentist that you take Fluvirin before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
- Some of these products contain thimerosal (a preservative). If you have ever had an allergic reaction to thimerosal, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your product has thimerosal in it.
- The tip cap of some of these products may contain natural rubber latex. If you have ever had an allergic reaction to latex, ask your doctor or pharmacist if your product has latex in it.
- Use Fluvirin with caution in the ELDERLY; its effectiveness may be decreased in these patients.
- Fluvirin is not approved for use in CHILDREN younger than 4 years old; its effectiveness may be decreased in these children.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: It is not known if Fluvirin can cause harm to the fetus. If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Fluvirin while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Fluvirin, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Fluvirin:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Back pain; cough; general body discomfort; headache; mild fever or chills; mild pain, hardening of the skin, bruising, redness, swelling, or tenderness at the injection site; muscle or joint aches or pain; nausea; sore throat; tiredness.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, throat, or tongue; unusual hoarseness; wheezing); burning, numbness, or tingling; confusion; decreased movement of the face muscles; decreased movement or sensation in the arm or shoulder; dizziness; fainting; loss of appetite; muscle weakness; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures; severe or persistent headache or fever; vision changes; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.Proper storage of Fluvirin:
Fluvirin is usually handled and stored by a health care provider. If you are using Fluvirin at home, store Fluvirin as directed by your pharmacist or health care provider. Keep this product, as well as syringes and needles, out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Fluvirin, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Fluvirin is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.
This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Fluvirin or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 Fluvirin. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Fluvirin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Fluvirin.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. 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 your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.