Seasonal Flu Shot Buyer's Guide
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Mercury Levels
Recipient's Age
Flu Shot or Mist
Manufacturer
Brand
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FluVirin Prefilled Syringe
Contains Mercury: trace amounts
Patient Age: 4 years and older
Shot or Mist: shot
Manufacturer: Novartis Vaccine
Brand: FluVirin
Safe If Pregnant: consult your physician

FLUVIRIN® is an inactivated influenza virus vaccine indicated for active immunization of persons 4 years of age and older against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and type B contained in the vaccine. FLUVIRIN® is not indicated for children less than 4 years of age because there is evidence of diminished immune response in this age group.

Children
  • 4 to 8 years of age: 0.5-mL dose via intramuscular injection, one or two doses. Previously unvaccinated children 4 to 8 years of age should receive two 0.5-mL doses, one on day 1 followed by another 0.5-mL injection at least 1 month later. Children 4 to 8 years of age who have been previously vaccinated with one or two doses of any influenza virus vaccine should receive only one 0.5-mL dose.
  • 9 years and older: A single 0.5-mL intramuscular injection.
Contradictions
History of systemic hypersensitivity reactions to egg proteins, or any other component of FLUVIRIN®, or life-threatening reactions to previous influenza vaccinations.

Warnings And Precautions
  • If Guillain-Barré syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of prior influenza vaccine, the decision to give FLUVIRIN® should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks.
  • Immunocompromised persons may have a reduced immune response to FLUVIRIN®.
Adverse Reactions
The most frequently reported adverse reactions are mild hypersensitivity reactions (such as rash), local reactions at the injection site, and influenza-like symptoms.

Use in Specific Populations
  • Safety and effectiveness of FLUVIRIN® have not been established in pregnant women, nursing mothers or children less than 4 years of age.
  • Antibody responses were lower in the geriatric population than in younger subjects.
Dosage Information:
Prefilled syringe, 0.5-mL. Thimerosal, a mercury derivative used during manufacture, is removed by subsequent purification steps to a trace amount (less than or equal to 1 mcg mercury per 0.5-mL dose). Each 0.5-mL dose contains a total of 45 micrograms (mcg) of influenza virus hemagglutinin (HA) from each of the following 3 strains: A/Brisbane/59/2007 (H1N1); A/Uruguay/716/2007 (H3N2), an A/Brisbane/10/2007-like strain; and B/Florida/4/2006.

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