What is Fluzone?Fluzone is an inactivated influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B.
What is the most important information I should know about Fluzone?Recurrence of Guillain-Barre syndrome has been associated with the administration of influenza virus vaccine. If Guillain-Barre syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receiving prior influenza virus vaccine, the decision to give Fluzone should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.
Patients lacking an adequate immune response may have a reduced immune response to Fluzone.
In case you experience a severe allergic reaction to Fluzone, appropriate medical treatment and supervision must be available to manage the possible allergic response.
The immune response to Fluzone may be lower in patients 65 years of age and older when compared to the immune response in younger patients.
Fluzone contains killed viruses and cannot cause influenza virus. Fluzone stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that protect against the influenza virus.
Fluzone may not protect everyone against the influenza virus. It is recommended to get an influenza virus vaccine once a year because immunity during the year after receiving vaccination declines, and circulating strains of the influenza virus change each year.
Who should not take Fluzone?You should not be given Fluzone if you are allergic to egg proteins or any ingredient of Fluzone. Also, you should not be given Fluzone if you have had a previous severe reaction to any influenza virus vaccine.
The safety and effectiveness of Fluzone have not been established in children younger than 6 months old.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Fluzone?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medication you are taking before beginning treatment with Fluzone. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have Guillain-Barre syndrome, lack an adequate immune response, or you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding.
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: One 0.5mL dose, intramuscular injection
Children 6 through 35 months old: Previously unvaccinated: Two 0.25 mL doses, intramuscular injection, one on day 1 followed by another 0.25 mL dose at least 1 month later. Previously vaccinated (ie, received two doses within the same season): One 0.25 mL dose, intramuscular injection
Children 36 months through 8 years old: Previously unvaccinated: Two 0.5 mL doses, one on day 1 followed by another 0.5 mL dose at least one month later. Previously vaccinated (ie, received two doses within the same season): One 0.5mL dose, intramuscular injection
Children 9 years old and older: One 0.5mL dose, intramuscular injection
How should I take Fluzone?Inspect Fluzone vaccine syringes and vials for any particular matter or discoloration prior to administration. If any of this is present, Fluzone should not be given.
Shake the syringe and single-dose vials well before administering Fluzone. Shake the multi-dose vial each time before withdrawing a dose.
Fluzone is given as an intramuscular (directly into the muscle) injection only. It is preferred to give Fluzone in the deltoid muscle (rounded outline part of your shoulder) in adults and children over 36 months of age. Fluzone should not be injected into the gluteal region or into areas where there may be a major nerve trunk.
In children 36 months and younger, the anterolateral aspect of the thigh should be used.
If Fluzone is to be given at the same time as another injectable vaccine(s), the vaccine(s) should be given at different injection sites.
What should I avoid while taking Fluzone?Fluzone should not be injected into the gluteal region or into areas where there may be a major nerve trunk. Fluzone should not be given at the same injection site if being administered at the same time as another vaccine(s).
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Fluzone?If Fluzone 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 Fluzone with other vaccines (Fluzone should not be mixed with another vaccine in the same syringe or vial) or immunosuppressive drugs (the immune response to Fluzone may be reduced)
What are the possible side effects of Fluzone?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: soreness at injection site, tenderness, pain, swelling, malaise, headache, muscle pain
Can I receive Fluzone if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of Fluzone 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 Fluzone?Most people need only one dose of Fluzone. If your child needs a second dose of Fluzone, it is very important for your child to receive the second dose on schedule. If you must cancel the appointment for the second dose, make another appointment as close to that date as possible.
How should I store Fluzone?Store in the refrigerator at 2° to 8°C (35° to 46°F). Do not freeze. Between uses, return the multi-dose vial to the refrigerator. Throw out if frozen or if it is after the expiration date shown on the label.