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influenza virus vaccine - syringe intradermal, Fluzone (cont.)

HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, ask your health care provider.This medication is given by injection just under the surface of the skin by a health care professional, usually in the upper arm.The vaccination is usually given September through November when cases of influenza infection begin to increase (the start of "flu season"). Only one dose is needed.

SIDE EFFECTS: Redness, soreness, swelling, or itching at the injection site may occur. Headache, muscle aches, or tiredness may also occur. Usually, side effects are mild and last one to three days. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor promptly.If your doctor has directed you to receive this vaccine, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the Public Health Agency of Canada at 1-866-844-0018.

PRECAUTIONS: Before receiving this vaccine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to eggs or chicken products; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: current fever/illness, Guillain-Barre syndrome, immune system problems (such as due to cancer treatment, HIV infection).Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. However, flu vaccination is usually recommended during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014


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