INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (in floo EN zuh VAHY ruhs vak SEEN) helps to reduce the risk of getting influenza also known as the flu. The vaccine only helps protect you against some strains of the flu.
This vaccine is for injection into a muscle or under the skin. It is given by a health care professional.
A copy of Vaccine Information Statements will be given before each vaccination. Read this sheet carefully each time. The sheet may change frequently.
Talk to your healthcare provider to see which vaccines are right for you. Some vaccines should not be used in all age groups.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
muscle aches and pains
pain, tenderness, redness, or swelling at the injection site
chemotherapy or radiation therapy
medicines that lower your immune system like etanercept, anakinra, infliximab, and adalimumab
medicines that treat or prevent blood clots like warfarin
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
This does not apply.
The vaccine will be given by a health care professional in a clinic, pharmacy, doctor's office, or other health care setting. You will not be given vaccine doses to store at home.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
bleeding disorder like hemophilia
fever or infection
Guillain-Barre syndrome or other neurological problems
immune system problems
infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or AIDS
low blood platelet counts
an unusual or allergic reaction to influenza virus vaccine, latex, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives. Different brands of vaccines contain different allergens. Some may contain latex or eggs. Talk to your doctor about your allergies to make sure that you get the right vaccine.
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Report any side effects that do not go away within 3 days to your doctor or health care professional. Call your health care provider if any unusual symptoms occur within 6 weeks of receiving this vaccine.
You may still catch the flu, but the illness is not usually as bad. You cannot get the flu from the vaccine. The vaccine will not protect against colds or other illnesses that may cause fever. The vaccine is needed every year.