Questions about flu shots

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Questions About Afluria

Q: What is Afluria?

Afluria is a flu shot that helps protect most people 5 years of age and older from three common types of the flu virus: Type A (H1N1), Type A (H3N2), and Type B.1,*

*The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends that Afluria not be used in children 6 months through 8 years of age because of this age group’s increased risk of febrile reactions with CSL’s 2010 Southern hemisphere flu vaccine.

Q: Who can get Afluria?

Almost everyone 5 years of age and older can get Afluria. If you are allergic to eggs and egg protein or any of the ingredients in the vaccine, or you’ve had an allergic reaction to a flu shot in the past, you should talk to your doctor before getting Afluria. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or pharmacist if Afluria is right for you.1

Q: Is Afluria available without preservatives?

Afluria is available in a preservative-free formulation that contains no thimerosal (mercury). Ask your doctor or pharmacist if preservative-free Afluria is right for you.1

Q: Can I get the flu from Afluria?

The viruses in Afluria are not active, so Afluria cannot give you the flu. If you get flu symptoms soon after getting Afluria, you were likely to have been exposed to the flu before the vaccine took effect.2 Afluria takes about 3 weeks to provide protection.1

Q: Who can get needle-free Afluria?

The PharmaJet® Stratis® Needle-Free Injector may be used to give Afluria to people who are 18 to 64 years of age.1

Q: How is Afluria given needle-free?

The PharmaJet Stratis Needle-Free Injector may be used by your doctor or pharmacist to give you needle-free Afluria. The device uses a stream of fluid that goes through the skin and into the muscle (within a tenth of a second) without using a needle.1,3,4 Visit www.pharmajet.com for more information.

Q: Where can I get Afluria?

Afluria is available at doctors’ offices and many pharmacies.
Call ahead to be sure your doctor or pharmacy offers Afluria.

Questions About Flu Shots

Q: When should I get a flu shot?

You should get a flu shot every year. Usually the flu shot is given during the fall season, but talk to your doctor or pharmacist about when is the best time for you to get a flu shot.2

Q: How is the flu shot given?

The flu shot is given by an injection into the muscle, usually in your upper arm.1

Q: Why should I get a flu shot every year?

Flu viruses constantly change, so a new flu vaccine is made every year. In addition, your body’s immune response from vaccination decreases over time. A yearly flu shot offers you the best protection against the flu.2

Q: Can I get a flu shot if I am sick?

If you are not feeling well, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about whether it’s the right time to get a flu shot.2

Q: If I am pregnant, can I get a flu shot?

If you are pregnant, it is important to talk to your doctor about whether you should get a flu shot.1

Q: How serious is the flu, really?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that more than 200,000 people are hospitalized each year because of the flu.5 People with the flu may develop other illnesses that can be very serious, such as pneumonia and bronchitis. The flu may also worsen existing health problems.6 People with ongoing medical problems such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease have a greater chance of experiencing problems associated with the flu.6

References: 1. Afluria [package insert]. King of Prussia, PA: Seqirus: April 2016. 2. Misconceptions about seasonal flu and flu vaccines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/misconceptions.htm. Accessed March 22, 2016. 3. Product overview: PharmaJet’s needleless injection device is easy-to-use, safe and fast. PharmaJet Web site. http://pharmajet.com/product. Accessed March 22, 2016. 4. McAllister L, Anderson J, Werth K, et al. Needle free jet injection for administration of influenza vaccine: a randomised non-inferiority trial. Lancet. 2014;384(9944):674-681. 5. Seasonal influenza Q&A. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/qa/disease.htm. Accessed March 22, 2016. 6. Flu symptoms and severity. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/symptoms.htm. Accessed March 22, 2016.

KEEP THE FLU OFF YOUR SCHEDULE. TALK TO YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST ABOUT GETTING AFLURIA.

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Important Safety Information

What is Afluria® Influenza Vaccine?

Afluria is an inactivated (virus is not alive) influenza vaccine used for immunization against influenza disease caused by influenza virus subtypes A and B present in the vaccine.

Afluria cannot give you the flu. It stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that can help to protect against influenza; the full effect of the vaccine is generally achieved approximately three weeks after receiving your vaccination. Annual vaccination is recommended against influenza.

Who should receive Afluria?

Afluria administered by needle and syringe can be used in patients five years of age and older.

Afluria can be used with the PharmaJet® Stratis® Needle-Free Injection System in patients 18 through 64 years of age.

Who should not receive Afluria?

Do not receive Afluria if you have an egg allergy. Talk with your doctor if you have ever had a severe allergic reaction after receiving a flu vaccine. Talk with your doctor if you have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (GBS).

Talk with your doctor if you get infections easily, are pregnant, or nursing.

What are the side effects of Afluria?

Fever side effects were observed in children 5 through 8 years of age in 2010.

The most common injection-related adverse reactions in children (5 through 17 years of age) administered Afluria with needle and syringe were pain, redness, and swelling. The most common side effects were headache, muscle pain, irritability, feeling tired and sick, and fever.

The most common injection-related adverse reactions in adults (18 through 64) administered Afluria with needle and syringe were tenderness, pain, swelling, redness, and itching. The most common side effects in adults were muscle aches, headache, and feeling tired and sick.

The most common injection-related adverse reactions in adults (18 through 64) administered Afluria by the PharmaJet Stratis Needle-Free Injection System up to 7 days after vaccination were tenderness, swelling, pain, redness, itching, and bruising. The most common side effects were muscle pain, feeling tired and sick, and headache.

In adults age 65 and older, when administered Afluria by needle and syringe, the most common injection-related adverse reactions were tenderness and pain.

What do I do if I have side effects?

Report any severe or unusual side effects to your healthcare provider.

Please see the full prescribing information for Afluria for further information. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Seqirus USA Inc. at 1-844-275-2461 or VAERS at 1-800-822-7967 or www.vaers.hhs.gov.

You are also encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA.
Visit http://www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

The information provided here is not comprehensive. To learn more, talk about Afluria with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. The FDA-approved product labeling can be found at http://www.afluria.com/prescribing-information.aspx or 1-844-275-2461.

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