Seasonal Flu Shot Buyer's Guide
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FluArix
Contains Mercury: trace amounts
Patient Age: 18 years and older
Shot or Mist: shot
Manufacturer: Glaxo Smith Kline
Brand: FluArix
Safe If Pregnant: consult your physician

FLUARIX®, Influenza Virus Vaccine for intramuscular use, is a sterile suspension prepared from influenza viruses propagated in embryonated chicken eggs. Each of the influenza viruses is produced and purified separately. The vaccine is formulated without preservatives.

Indications And Use
FLUARIX is indicated for active immunization of adults (18 years of age and older) against influenza disease caused by influenza virus types A and B contained in the vaccine. This indication is based on immune response elicited by FLUARIX, and there have been no controlled trials demonstrating a decrease in influenza disease after vaccination with FLUARIX (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).

FLUARIX IS NOT INDICATED FOR USE IN CHILDREN.

Contraindications
FLUARIX should not be administered to anyone with known systemic hypersensitivity reactions to egg proteins (eggs or egg products), to chicken proteins, or to any component of FLUARIX or who has had a life-threatening reaction to previous administration of any influenza vaccine. (See DESCRIPTION and WARNINGS.)

WARNINGS
If Guillain-Barré syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of prior influenza vaccine, the decision to give FLUARIX or any influenza vaccine should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and possible risks. As with other intramuscular injections, FLUARIX should not be given to individuals with bleeding disorders such as hemophilia or thrombocytopenia, or to persons on anticoagulant therapy unless the potential benefit clearly outweighs the risk of administration. If the decision is made to administer FLUARIX to such persons, it should be given with caution with steps taken to avoid the risk of hematoma following the injection. Vaccination with FLUARIX may not protect 100% of susceptible individuals. The tip cap and the rubber plunger of the needleless prefilled syringes contain dry natural latex rubber that may cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive individuals. The ACIP has published guidelines for vaccination of persons with recent or acute illness (www.cdc.gov/nip).

Pregnancy
It is not known whether FLUARIX can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. FLUARIX should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed. The ACIP has issued recommendations regarding the use of the influenza virus vaccine in pregnant women.
Dosage Information:
The dose of FLUARIX is a single 0.5 mL injection in adults. The vaccine is formulated without preservatives. Thimerosal is used at the early stages of manufacture and is removed by subsequent purification steps to a trace amount (less than 1 mcg mercury per dose). Each dose may also contain residual amounts of hydrocortisone less than 0.0016 mcg, gentamicin sulfate less than 0.15 mcg, ovalbumin less than 1 mcg, formaldehyde less than 50 mcg, and sodium deoxycholate less than 50 mcg from the manufacturing process.

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