influenza virus vaccine - intramuscular, Afluria, Fluarix, Flublok, Flu
GENERIC NAME: INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE - INTRAMUSCULAR (IN-floo-EN-za)
BRAND NAME(S): Afluria, Fluarix, Flublok, Flulaval, Fluvirin, Fluzone
USES: This medication is used to prevent infection by the influenza ("flu") virus. It is also called the seasonal flu shot. Influenza can cause serious illness (rarely death), especially in people at high risk from the infection (such as young children, the elderly, and people with chronic health problems). Vaccines work by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against the virus.Vaccination is the best method for preventing infection and decreasing the seriousness of illness if you become infected. The brand and dose of vaccine you receive depends on your age. Influenza vaccination is not recommended in infants less than 6 months old.As with any vaccine, it may not fully protect everyone who receives it. Since different types of flu viruses cause infection every flu season, usually a new vaccine is produced and given for each flu season.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 4/16/2014
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