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Influenza Virus Vaccine (Avian) Suspension for injection

What is this medicine?

INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (in floo EN zuh VAHY ruhs vak SEEN) helps to reduce the risk of getting influenza also known as the flu.

How should I use this medicine?

This vaccine is for injection into a muscle. It is given by a health care professional.

A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • fever

  • headache

  • muscle aches and pains

  • pain, tenderness, redness, or swelling at site where injected

  • weak or tired

What may interact with this medicine?

  • chemotherapy or radiation therapy

  • medicines that lower your immune system like etanercept, anakinra, infliximab, and adalimumab

  • medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin

  • phenytoin

  • steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone

  • theophylline

  • vaccines

What if I miss a dose?

This does not apply.

Where should I keep my medicine?

This vaccine is only given in a clinic, pharmacy, doctor's office, or other health care setting and will not be stored at home.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • bleeding disorder like hemophilia

  • fever or infection

  • Guillain-Barre syndrome or other neurological problems

  • immune system problems

  • infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or AIDS

  • low blood platelet counts

  • multiple sclerosis

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to influenza virus vaccine, eggs, chicken proteins, latex, gentamicin, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Report any side effects that do not go away within 3 days to your doctor or health care professional. Call your health care provider if any unusual symptoms occur within 6 weeks of receiving this vaccine.

You may still catch the flu, but the illness is not usually as bad. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. The vaccine will not protect against colds or other illnesses that may cause fever. The vaccine is needed every year.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Last Review Date: 7/15/2009
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