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FLUAD 2016/2017,
®

Suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe
Influenza vaccine surface antigen, inactivated, adjuvanted with MF59C.1
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you receive this vaccine
because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This vaccine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What FLUAD is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use FLUAD
3. How to use FLUAD
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store FLUAD
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT FLUAD IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Fluad is a vaccine. This vaccine helps to protect you against influenza (flu). It
is used as active immunisation in the elderly (of 65 years of age and over),
particularly in people with an increased risk of associated complications.
Fluad should be used in accordance with the official recommendations.
Through vaccination with Fluad, the immune system (the body’s natural
defence system) is stimulated to produce its own protection (antibodies)
against the illness. None of the ingredients of this vaccine can by itself
cause flu.
Flu is a disease that can spread rapidly and is caused by different types of
strains that can change every year. Therefore, this is why you might need
to be vaccinated every year. The greatest risk of catching flu is during the
cold months between October and March. If you were not vaccinated in the
autumn, it is still sensible to be vaccinated up until the spring since you run
the risk of catching flu until then. Your doctor will be able to recommend
the best time to be vaccinated.
Fluad will protect you against the three strains of virus contained in the
vaccine from about 2 to 3 weeks after the injection.
As the incubation period (the time between being infected with a disease
pathogen and the occurrence of the first symptoms) for flu is several days,
you could still develop the illness if you are exposed to flu immediately
before or after your vaccination.
The vaccine will not protect you against the common cold, even though
some of the symptoms are similar to flu.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE FLUAD
To make sure that Fluad is suitable for you, it is important to tell your doctor
or pharmacist if any of the points below apply to you. If there is anything
you do not understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain.
Do not use Fluad
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substances, to any
of the ingredients of Fluad, to eggs, to chicken proteins, such as
ovalbumin, to kanamycin and neomycin sulphate, to formaldehyde,
cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and to barium sulphate
(For information about the other ingredients of Fluad see section 6
“Contents of the pack and other information”) or
- if you have had an anaphylactoid reaction to previous influenza
vaccination.

-  if you have an illness with a high temperature or acute infection,
the vaccination shall be postponed until after you have recovered.
Warnings and precautions
You should tell your doctor before vaccination if you have a poor immune
response (immunodeficiency or taking medicines affecting the immune system).
Fainting, feeling faint or other stress-related reactions can occur as a response
to any needle injection. Tell your doctor or nurse if you have experienced this
kind of reaction previously.
Your doctor will decide if you should receive the vaccine.
If, for any reason, you have a blood test within a few days following a flu
vaccination, please tell your doctor. This is because false positive blood test
results have been observed in a few patients who had recently been vaccinated.
As with all vaccines, Fluad may not fully protect all persons who are vaccinated.
It is possible that a protective immune response will not be triggered in
all vaccinated persons.
Latex-sensitive individuals:
Although no natural rubber latex is detected in the syringe tip cap, the
safe use of Fluad in latex-sensitive individuals has not been established.
Other medicines and Fluad
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might
take any other medicines.
If Fluad needs to be used at the same time as other vaccines, immunization
should be carried out by injecting into separate limbs. It should be noted
that the side effects may be more intense if given at the same time as
other vaccines.
A higher frequency of some solicited systemic reactions has been reported
in subjects vaccinated with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine and
pneumococcal vaccine compared with trivalent inactivated influenza
vaccine alone.
The immunological response may decrease in patients also receiving
immunosuppressant treatment, such as corticosteroids, cytotoxic drugs
or radiotherapy.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Not applicable.
Driving and using machines
Fluad has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Fluad
One dose of Fluad (0.5 ml) contains less than 1 mmol (39 mg) potassium
and less than 1 mmol (23 mg) sodium. This means that Fluad is essentially
free from potassium and sodium.
Fluad does not contain more than 0.2 micrograms of ovalbumin per 0.5
ml dose.
3. HOW TO USE FLUAD
Dose
One 0.5 ml dose.
Route(s) and/or method of administration
Your doctor will administer the recommended dose of the vaccine as an
injection in the upper arm muscle (deltoid muscle).
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Fluad can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
More mild post-immunisation reactions were reported with Fluad compared
to non-adjuvanted influenza vaccines.
During clinical trials, the following side effects have been observed:
Frequencies estimated as very common (affects 1 or more users in 10):
• headache
• muscular pain (myalgia)
• tenderness, pain at injection site, fatigue
Frequencies estimated as common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100):
• nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting
• sweating
• joint pain (arthralgia)
• fever, generally feeling unwell (malaise), shivering,
• local reactions: redness, swelling, bruising (ecchymosis), hardness
(induration) around the area where the vaccine is injected.
Frequency estimated as uncommon (affects 1 to 100 users in 1000):
• rash
Most reactions are mild or moderate and resolve spontaneously within
1 to 2 days.
Next to the above common side effects, the following side effects occurred
after the vaccine came on the market:
• reduction in the number of certain types of particles in the blood
called platelets; a low number of these can result in excessive
bruising or bleeding (thrombocytopenia); swelling of the glands in
the neck, armpit or groin (lymphadenopathy)
• asthenia, Influenza-like Illness (ILI)
• swelling, pain and redness at the injection site extending to more
than 10 cm and lasting more than one week (Injection site cellulitislike reaction)
• extensive swelling of injected limb lasting more than one week.
• allergic reactions:
- sudden fall in blood pressure (anaphylaxis) that in rare cases can
lead to failure of the circulatory system to maintain adequate
blood flow to the different organs shock,
- swelling most apparent in the head and neck, including the face,
lips, tongue, throat or any other part of the body (angioedema).
• pain in the extremity, muscular weakness
• pain situated on the nerve route (neuralgia), anomalies in the
perception of touch, pain, heat and cold (paraesthesia), fits
(convulsions), fainting, feeling faint (syncope, presyncope),
neurological disorders that may result in stiff neck, confusion,
numbness, pain and weakness of the limbs, loss of balance, loss of
reflexes, paralysis of part or all the body (encephalomyelitis, neuritis,
Guillain-Barré Syndrome)
• skin reactions that may spread throughout the body including
itchiness of the skin (pruritus, urticaria), rash
• severe skin rash (erythema multiforme)
• blood vessel inflammation which may result in skin rashes (vasculitis)
and in very rare cases in temporary kidney problems
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects
directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By
reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety
of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE FLUAD
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Fluad after the expiry date which is stated on the carton
after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in refrigerator (2°C – 8°C). Do not freeze. Keep the syringe in the
outer carton in order to protect from light.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask
your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Fluad contains
The active substances are:
Influenza virus surface antigens (haemagglutinin and neuraminidase), of
the following strains*:
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09 – like strain
(A/California/7/2009, NYMC X-181)
15 micrograms HA**
A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) – like strain
(A/Hong Kong/4801/2014, NYMC X-263B)
15 micrograms HA**
B/Brisbane/60/2008 – like strain
(B/Brisbane/60/2008, wild type)
15 micrograms HA**
per 0.5 ml dose
* propagated in fertilized hens’ eggs from healthy chicken flocks and
adjuvanted with MF59C.1
** haemagglutinin
This vaccine complies with the WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations
(Northern Hemisphere) and EU decision for the 2016/2017 season.
The adjuvant is: MF59C.1: 9.75 mg squalene; 1.175 mg polysorbate 80;
1.175 mg sorbitan trioleate; 0.66 mg sodium citrate; 0.04 mg citric acid
and water for injections.
The other ingredients are: Sodium chloride, potassium chloride, potassium
dihydrogen phosphate, disodium phosphate dihydrate, magnesium chloride
hexahydrate, calcium chloride dihydrate and water for injections.
What Fluad looks like and contents of the pack
The vaccine is a suspension for injection in a pre-filled syringe of 0.5 ml
in box of 1 or 10, with or without needle.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Seqirus S.r.l.
Via Fiorentina 1, 53100 Siena, Italy
Seqirus Vaccines Ltd.
Gaskill Road Speke Liverpool L24 9GR, UK
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the
EEA under the following names:
Innoflu
Italy
This leaflet was last revised in 07/2017.
The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:
As with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment and
supervision should always be readily available in case of an anaphylactic
event following the administration of the vaccine.
The vaccine should be allowed to reach room temperature before use.
Gently shake before use. Do not use if the vaccine has been frozen.
After shaking, the normal appearance of Fluad is a milky-white
suspension. Visually inspect the contents of each Fluad pre-filled syringe
for particulate matter or discoloration prior to administration. If either
condition is observed, do not use the contents.
It must not be mixed with other medicinal products.
The vaccine should under no circumstances be administered intravascularly
or subcutaneously. The vaccine is administered by intramuscular injection
into the deltoid muscle. Due to the presence of the adjuvant, the injection
should be carried out by using a 25 mm needle.

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

FLUAD® 2016/2017,

Suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe
Influenza vaccine surface antigen, inactivated, adjuvanted with MF59C.1

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you receive this vaccine because it contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- This vaccine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
- If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

FLUAD® 2016/2017,

Suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe
Influenza vaccine surface antigen, inactivated, adjuvanted with MF59C.1

PKVMCK-035

What is in this leaflet:
1. What FLUAD is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use FLUAD
3. How to use FLUAD
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store FLUAD
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT FLUAD IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Fluad is a vaccine. This vaccine helps to protect you against influenza (flu). It is used as active immunisation in the elderly (of 65 years of
age and over), particularly in people with an increased risk of associated complications.
Fluad should be used in accordance with the official recommendations.
Through vaccination with Fluad, the immune system (the body’s natural defence system) is stimulated to produce its own protection
(antibodies) against the illness. None of the ingredients of this vaccine can by itself cause flu.
Flu is a disease that can spread rapidly and is caused by different types of strains that can change every year. Therefore, this is why you
might need to be vaccinated every year. The greatest risk of catching flu is during the cold months between October and March. If you
were not vaccinated in the autumn, it is still sensible to be vaccinated up until the spring since you run the risk of catching flu until then.
Your doctor will be able to recommend the best time to be vaccinated.
Fluad will protect you against the three strains of virus contained in the vaccine from about 2 to 3 weeks after the injection.
As the incubation period (the time between being infected with a disease pathogen and the occurrence of the first symptoms) for flu is
several days, you could still develop the illness if you are exposed to flu immediately before or after your vaccination.
The vaccine will not protect you against the common cold, even though some of the symptoms are similar to flu.
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE FLUAD
To make sure that Fluad is suitable for you, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the points below apply to you. If there
is anything you do not understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain.
Do not use Fluad
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to the active substances, to any of the ingredients of Fluad, to eggs, to chicken proteins, such as
ovalbumin, to kanamycin and neomycin sulphate, to formaldehyde, cetyltrimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) and to barium sulphate
(For information about the other ingredients of Fluad see section 6 “Contents of the pack and other information”) or
- if you have had an anaphylactoid reaction to previous influenza vaccination.
- if you have an illness with a high temperature or acute infection, the vaccination shall be postponed until after you have recovered.
Warnings and precautions
You should tell your doctor before vaccination if you have a poor immune response (immunodeficiency or taking medicines affecting the
immune system).
Fainting, feeling faint or other stress-related reactions can occur as a response to any needle injection. Tell your doctor or nurse if you have
experienced this kind of reaction previously.
Your doctor will decide if you should receive the vaccine.
If, for any reason, you have a blood test within a few days following a flu vaccination, please tell your doctor. This is because false positive
blood test results have been observed in a few patients who had recently been vaccinated.
As with all vaccines, Fluad may not fully protect all persons who are vaccinated.
It is possible that a protective immune response will not be triggered in all vaccinated persons.
Latex-sensitive individuals:
Although no natural rubber latex is detected in the syringe tip cap, the safe use of Fluad in latex-sensitive individuals has not been established.
Other medicines and Fluad
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines.
If Fluad needs to be used at the same time as other vaccines, immunization should be carried out by injecting into separate limbs. It should
be noted that the side effects may be more intense if given at the same time as other vaccines.
A higher frequency of some solicited systemic reactions has been reported in subjects vaccinated with trivalent inactivated influenza
vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine compared with trivalent inactivated influenza vaccine alone.
The immunological response may decrease in patients also receiving immunosuppressant treatment, such as corticosteroids, cytotoxic
drugs or radiotherapy.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Not applicable.
Driving and using machines
Fluad has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
Important information about some of the ingredients of Fluad
One dose of Fluad (0.5 ml) contains less than 1 mmol (39 mg) potassium and less than 1 mmol (23 mg) sodium. This means that Fluad is
essentially free from potassium and sodium.
Fluad does not contain more than 0.2 micrograms of ovalbumin per 0.5 ml dose.
3. HOW TO USE FLUAD
Dose
One 0.5 ml dose.
Route(s) and/or method of administration
Your doctor will administer the recommended dose of the vaccine as an injection in the upper arm muscle (deltoid muscle).
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Fluad can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
More mild post-immunisation reactions were reported with Fluad compared to non-adjuvanted influenza vaccines.
During clinical trials, the following side effects have been observed:
Frequencies estimated as very common (affects 1 or more users in 10):

headache
• muscular pain (myalgia)

• tenderness, pain at injection site, fatigue
Frequencies estimated as common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100):

nausea, diarrhoea, vomiting

sweating

joint pain (arthralgia)

fever, generally feeling unwell (malaise), shivering,

local reactions: redness, swelling, bruising (ecchymosis), hardness (induration) around the area where the vaccine is injected.
Frequency estimated as uncommon (affects 1 to 100 users in 1000):

rash
Most reactions are mild or moderate and resolve spontaneously within 1 to 2 days.
Next to the above common side effects, the following side effects occurred after the vaccine came on the market:

reduction in the number of certain types of particles in the blood called platelets; a low number of these can result in excessive
bruising or bleeding (thrombocytopenia); swelling of the glands in the neck, armpit or groin (lymphadenopathy)

asthenia, Influenza-like Illness (ILI)

swelling, pain and redness at the injection site extending to more than 10 cm and lasting more than one week (Injection site
cellulitis-like reaction)

extensive swelling of injected limb lasting more than one week.

allergic reactions:

- sudden fall in blood pressure (anaphylaxis) that in rare cases can lead to failure of the circulatory system to maintain adequate
blood flow to the different organs shock,
- swelling most apparent in the head and neck, including the face, lips, tongue, throat or any other part of the body
(angioedema).

pain in the extremity, muscular weakness

pain situated on the nerve route (neuralgia), anomalies in the perception of touch, pain, heat and cold (paraesthesia), fits
(convulsions), fainting, feeling faint (syncope, presyncope), neurological disorders that may result in stiff neck, confusion,
numbness, pain and weakness of the limbs, loss of balance, loss of reflexes, paralysis of part or all the body (encephalomyelitis,
neuritis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome)

skin reactions that may spread throughout the body including itchiness of the skin (pruritus, urticaria), rash

severe skin rash (erythema multiforme)

blood vessel inflammation which may result in skin rashes (vasculitis) and in very rare cases in temporary kidney problems
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE FLUAD
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Fluad after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in refrigerator (2°C – 8°C). Do not freeze. Keep the syringe in the outer carton in order to protect from light.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer
use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Fluad contains
The active substances are:
Influenza virus surface antigens (haemagglutinin and neuraminidase), of the following strains*:
A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) pdm09 – like strain
(A/California/7/2009, NYMC X-181)
15 micrograms HA**
A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 (H3N2) – like strain
(A/Hong Kong/4801/2014, NYMC X-263B)
15 micrograms HA**
B/Brisbane/60/2008 – like strain
(B/Brisbane/60/2008, wild type)
15 micrograms HA**
per 0.5 ml dose
* propagated in fertilized hens’ eggs from healthy chicken flocks and adjuvanted with MF59C.1 ** haemagglutinin
This vaccine complies with the WHO (World Health Organisation) recommendations (Northern Hemisphere) and EU decision for the
2016/2017 season.
The adjuvant is: MF59C.1: 9.75 mg squalene; 1.175 mg polysorbate 80; 1.175 mg sorbitan trioleate; 0.66 mg sodium citrate; 0.04 mg
citric acid and water for injections.
The other ingredients are: Sodium chloride, potassium chloride, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, disodium phosphate dihydrate,
magnesium chloride hexahydrate, calcium chloride dihydrate and water for injections.
What Fluad looks like and contents of the pack
The vaccine is a suspension for injection in a pre-filled syringe of 0.5 ml in box of 1 or 10, with or without needle.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Seqirus S.r.l.
Via Fiorentina 1, 53100 Siena, Italy
Seqirus Vaccines Ltd.
Gaskill Road Speke Liverpool L24 9GR, UK
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following names:
Innoflu
Italy
This leaflet was last revised in 07/2017.
The following information is intended for healthcare professionals only:
As with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment and supervision should always be readily available in case of an anaphylactic
event following the administration of the vaccine.
The vaccine should be allowed to reach room temperature before use.
Gently shake before use. Do not use if the vaccine has been frozen.
After shaking, the normal appearance of Fluad is a milky-white suspension. Visually inspect the contents of each Fluad pre-filled syringe
for particulate matter or discoloration prior to administration. If either condition is observed, do not use the contents. It must not be
mixed with other medicinal products. The vaccine should under no circumstances be administered intravascularly or subcutaneously. The
vaccine is administered by intramuscular injection into the deltoid muscle. Due to the presence of the adjuvant, the injection should be
carried out by using a 25 mm needle.

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