What is Fluzone Quadrivalent 2018-2019?
Influenza virus (known as the flu) is a disastrous disease caused by a virus. Influenza virus can spread from one person to another through small droplets of saliva that are exposed into the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes.
The virus can also be passed through contact with objects the infected person has touched, such as a door handle or other surfaces.
Fluzone Quadrivalent 2018-2019 is used to prevent infection caused by influenza virus. The vaccine is redeveloped each year to contain specific strains of inactivated (killed) flu virus that are recommended by public health officials for that year.
The injectable Fluzone Quadrivalent 2018-2019 (flu shot) is a “killed virus” vaccine. This medicine is also available in a nasal spray form, which is a “live virus” vaccine.
Fluzone Quadrivalent 2018-2019 works by exposing you to a small dose of the virus, which helps your body to develop immunity to the disease. This medicine will not treat an active infection that has already developed in the body.
Fluzone Quadrivalent 2018-2019 is for use in adults and children who are at least 6 months old.
Becoming infected with influenza is much more dangerous to your health than receiving this vaccine.
Influenza causes thousands of deaths each year, and hundreds of thousands of hospitalizations. However, like any medicine, this vaccine can cause side effects but the risk of serious side effects is extremely low.
Like any vaccine, Fluzone Quadrivalent 2018-2019 may not provide protection from disease in every person. This vaccine will not prevent illness caused by avian flu (“bird flu“).
You may not be able to receive this vaccine if you are allergic to eggs, or if you have:
- a history of severe allergic reaction to a flu vaccine; or
- a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome (within 6 weeks after receiving a flu vaccine).
To make sure this vaccine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:
- a neurologic disorder or disease affecting the brain (or if this was a reaction to a previous vaccine);
- a weak immune system caused by disease, bone marrow transplant, or by using certain medicines or receiving cancer treatments; or
- if you are allergic to latex rubber.
Influenza virus injectable vaccine side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
You should not receive a booster vaccine if you had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.
Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. If you ever need to receive Fluzone Quadrivalent 2018-2019 in the future, you will need to tell your doctor if the previous shot caused any side effects.
Influenza virus injectable (killed virus) vaccine will not cause you to become ill with the flu virus that it contains. However, you may have flu-like symptoms at any time during flu season that may be caused by other strains of influenza virus.
Call your doctor at once if you have:
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- severe weakness or unusual feeling in your arms and legs (may occur 2 to 4 weeks after you receive the vaccine);
- high fever;
- seizure (convulsions); or
- unusual bleeding.
Common side effects may include:
- low fever, chills;
- mild fussiness or crying;
- redness, bruising, pain, swelling, or a lump where the vaccine was injected;
- headache, tired feeling; or
- joint or muscle pain.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
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