Generic Name: Influenza Virus Vaccine

  • What is Afluria?

    Afluria is a vaccine used to protect against influenza disease (the flu).

  • What is the most important information I should know about Afluria?

    Do not receive Afluria if you are allergic to eggs, neomycin or polymyxin (antibiotics), or if you have had a serious reaction to previous flu vaccines.

  • Who should not take Afluria?

    Do not receive Afluria if Guillain-Barre syndrome (a condition affecting the nervous system) has occurred within six weeks of a previous flu vaccination. Also, do not receive the vaccine if you have poor immunity or if you are receiving immunosuppressive therapy.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Afluria?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before receiving Afluria. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a weak immune system or you have a history of allergic reactions to previous flu vaccines.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥9 years: The usual dose is a single 0.5 milliliter (mL) administered once.

    Children 5-8 years: Your child's doctor will administer the appropriate dose.

  • How should I take Afluria?

    Your doctor or nurse will inject Afluria into the muscle in your upper arm.

  • What should I avoid while taking Afluria?

    Do not wait too long before you receive Afluria. You should get the vaccine as soon as it becomes available during each flu season.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Afluria?

    If Afluria is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Afluria with the following: corticosteroids (natural substances found in the body that help fight inflammation, such as dexamethasone and prednisone), medications that affect your immunity, and other vaccines.

  • What are the possible side effects of Afluria?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: fever; general ill feeling; headache; muscle aches; pain, redness, swelling, and tenderness at the injection site

    As with any other vaccine, there is a risk of allergic reactions. Signs of severe allergic reactions may include hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the throat. If any of these events occur, seek immediate medical attention.

  • Can I receive Afluria if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Afluria during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Afluria?

    Afluria is given as a single dose. If you miss your scheduled appointment to receive the vaccine, contact your doctor to reschedule.

  • How should I store Afluria?

    Your doctor will store this medication.