What is Afluria?Afluria is a vaccine that is given to people 18 years and older to protect against infection with the flu virus (specifically, influenza virus subtypes A and B).
What is the most important information I should know about Afluria?Afluria is an inactivated vaccine that cannot cause influenza but stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that protect against influenza.
Who should not take Afluria?You should not receive Afluria if you are allergic to eggs, chicken protein, neomycin, or polymyxin. Afluria should not be used in people who have had a life threatening reaction to a previous influenza vaccination, or who have had an occurrence of Guillain-BarrÉ syndrome within 6 weeks of previous influenza vaccination. You should avoid receiving 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?Do not take Afluria if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter and herbal medications you are taking, as well as any vaccines you are receiving before beginning treatment with Afluria. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a weakened immune system, or you have a history of allergic reactions to previous 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 18 years and older: The usual dosage is 0.5 mL as a single intramuscular injection.
How should I take Afluria?Afluria should be injected by your nurse or doctor in the deltoid muscle of the upper arm.
What should I avoid while taking Afluria?For optimal protection against the flu, avoid waiting too long before you receive the vaccine. You should get the vaccine when it becomes available each fall (in October or November), but you can also get it any time throughout the flu season (into December, January, and beyond).
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, cytotoxic drugs, or immunosuppressive therapies including radiation.
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; headaches; malaise; muscle aches; pain, redness, or swelling 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, and 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.
How should I store Afluria?Your healthcare provider will store this medication.