60 million Americans get the flu each year


The flu is an illness affecting the nose, throat, and lungs. It is caused by the
influenza virus and is spread by infected droplets that people who have the
flu may pass to others by coughing, sneezing, or talking. You can get the flu if
these droplets go into your mouth or nose. You can also get the flu by touching
surfaces that people with the flu have touched, if your fingers then touch your
own mouth, eyes, or nose.1

60 million Americans get the flu each year

Up to 200,000 people are hospitalized
each year because of the flu.2,3

Symptoms of the flu4

Symptoms of the flu can range from mild to severe. Most people recover from the flu in a few days, but it can take up to 2 weeks to get well.

Some of the symptoms of the flu are the same as a cold, but the flu is different from a cold. Flu symptoms come on suddenly. If you have the flu, you may experience some or all of the following symptoms:

Symtoms of the flu are coughing, headaches, fever or feeling feverish with chills, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, fatigue (tiredness)

The flu may cause other problems4

Some people may get other illnesses while they have the flu. Sometimes these illnesses can become serious. Pneumonia, bronchitis, and sinus and ear infections are some of the other illnesses that can happen with the flu. The flu may also make health problems that you already have worse. For example, the flu may worsen asthma symptoms in people with asthma. People with ongoing medical conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and heart disease have a greater chance of experiencing problems caused by the flu.

The flu: know what’s true

There is a lot of information available about the flu. There are many common myths; sometimes it’s hard to know what’s fact versus fiction. Learn the truth about the flu to help protect yourself.

MYTH: If you are healthy, you won’t get the flu
FACT: Anyone, even a healthy person,
can get the flu. The best way to avoid
getting the flu, even if you are healthy,
is to get a flu shot every year.5
MYTH: You can only spread the flu when you are sick
FACT: Some people can have the flu virus in
their body and not feel sick. This means
they can give the flu to someone and not
even know it.6 The best way to keep from
giving someone the flu is to get a flu shot.5
MYTH: You don’t need to get a flu shot every year
FACT: Flu viruses constantly change, so a new
flu vaccine is made every year.5 In addition,
your body’s immune protection from
vaccination decreases over time.5 According
to the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention (CDC), a yearly shot offers
the best flu protection.7
MYTH: Getting a flu shot late in the season will not protect you from the flu
FACT: Flu viruses are present year-round. The flu
season usually peaks in January or February.
Getting a flu shot in September is a good
idea, but getting one later can still protect
you. The CDC recommends that people
be vaccinated as long as flu viruses
continue circulating.5
MYTH: You can get the flu from a flu shot
FACT: The viruses in the flu shot are not active, so a flu shot cannot give you the flu. If you get flu symptoms soon after having a flu shot, you may have been exposed to the flu before the vaccine took effect (flu shots take about 2 weeks to provide protection) or exposed to a strain of flu virus different from the vaccine. You may also have been exposed to another kind of virus, such as the virus that causes the common cold (flu vaccines protect only against the flu).7

Preventing the flu8

Getting a flu shot is the best way to protect yourself against the flu. Making other
healthy choices also helps prevent the spread of the flu.

  • Stay away from people who are sick. If you are the one who is sick,
    stay home from work, school, and other public places to prevent
    others from getting sick, too.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. This helps protect
    you from germs and from spreading germs to other people. If soap
    and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Viruses such as the
    flu can spread if you touch a surface with the virus on it and then
    touch your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue; then throw the
    tissue away.
    This makes it harder to spread the flu virus to
    other people.
  • Keep up good health habits. Clean all surfaces that are touched a
    lot at home, work, and school, especially when you are sick. Also,
    be sure to get plenty of sleep, reduce your stress, exercise, drink
    plenty of liquids, and eat healthy foods.

References: 1. Key facts about influenza (flu) & flu vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm. Accessed March 22, 2016. 2. US Census Bureau. QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau. United States Census Bureau Web site. http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/00000.html. Accessed March 22, 2016. 3. 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. 4. 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. 5. Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm. Accessed March 22, 2016. 6. How flu spreads. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm. Accessed March 22, 2016. 7. 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. 8. Preventing the flu: good health habits can help stop germs. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Web site. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm. March 22, 2016.



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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.

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