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Afluria Side Effects

Generic Name: influenza virus vaccine, inactivated

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of influenza virus vaccine, inactivated. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Afluria.

Not all side effects for Afluria may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to influenza virus vaccine, inactivated: intramuscular solution

Other dosage forms:

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by influenza virus vaccine, inactivated (the active ingredient contained in Afluria). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking influenza virus vaccine, inactivated, check with your doctor or nurse immediately:

Incidence not known
  • Cough
  • difficulty with swallowing
  • dizziness
  • fast heartbeat
  • hives, itching, or skin rash
  • puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
  • tightness in the chest
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

Some of the side effects that can occur with influenza virus vaccine, inactivated may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

More common
  • Difficulty with moving
  • headache
  • joint pain
  • muscle aching or cramping
  • muscle pains or stiffness
  • nausea
  • pain at the injection site
  • swollen joints
Less common
  • Chills
  • redness, bruising, or swelling at the injection site

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to influenza virus vaccine, inactivated: intradermal suspension, intramuscular solution, intramuscular suspension, nasal spray


Local side effects have frequently included pain (54.7%), redness (17.5%), and swelling (9.3%). Ecchymosis, induration, injection site mass or abscess, injection site reaction or cellulitis, and warmth at the site of injection have also been reported.[Ref]


Other side effects have frequently included fatigue (19.7%), headache (19.3%), shivering (3.3%), and fever equal to/greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7%). Malaise, sweating, vertigo, asthenia, chest pain, chills, and feeling hot have also been reported.[Ref]


Musculoskeletal side effects have frequently included muscle aches (23%) and arthralgia (6.4%). Pain in extremity has also been reported.[Ref]


Hematologic side effects have included autoimmune hemolytic anemia, lymphadenopathy, and thrombocytopenia.[Ref]


Cardiovascular side effects have included tachycardia, Henoch-Schonlein purpura, and vasculitis.[Ref]


Ocular side effects have included conjunctivitis, eye irritation, eye pain, eye redness, eye swelling, eyelid swelling.[Ref]


Gastrointestinal side effects have included abdominal pain or discomfort, nausea, swelling of the mouth, throat, and/or tongue.[Ref]


Hypersensitivity side effects have included anaphylactic reaction including shock, anaphylactoid reaction, hypersensitivity, and serum sickness.[Ref]

Nervous system

Nervous system side effects have rarely included convulsion, dizziness, encephalomyelitis, facial palsy, facial paresis, Guillain-Barre syndrome, hypoesthesia, myelitis, neuritis, neuropathy, and paresthesia.[Ref]


Respiratory side effects have included asthma, bronchospasm, cough, dyspnea, pneumonia, respiratory distress, stridor, pharyngitis, rhinitis, and tonsillitis.[Ref]


Dermatologic side effects have included angioneurotic edema, erythema, erythema multiforme, facial swelling, pruritus, rash, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and urticaria.[Ref]


1. "Product Information. Fluzone Influenza Vaccine (influenza virus vaccine)." Connaught, Swiftwater, PA.

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