Scientists at the World Health Organization (WHO) make recommendations each year about which strains should be included in annual seasonal influenza vaccines. These recommendations reflect what they anticipate to be the most representative virus types in circulation.
Flu protection for people 6 months & up
Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine is designed to help protect people six months of age and older against four different strains of the flu: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. Helping to protect against both influenza A and B viruses is important because both types are responsible for a substantial number of flu-related hospitalizations and complications.
Effective against four different strains
of the flu
Did you know
It’s recommended that most people get vaccinated against the flu annually?
Help protect your children from the flu as early as six months of age
Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine provides protection against two strains of influenza B that may circulate.
Talk to your healthcare provider about vaccination for you or your child.
Possible side effects to know about
A vaccine, like any medicine, may cause serious problems, such as severe allergic reactions. The risk of Fluzone® Quadrivalent causing serious harm is extremely small. The small risks associated with Fluzone® Quadrivalent are much less than the risks associated with getting the disease against which it protects.
The flu vaccine cannot cause influenza because it does not contain any live virus.
The most common side effect is soreness where you got the injection. Children and adults might also notice muscle pain and infants may suffer from irritability.
Severe allergic reactions to the flu shots are very rare. A very rare but possible side effect of influenza vaccination is Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS). This is an autoimmune disease that attacks the nervous system. GBS causes weakness and abnormal sensations. Most patients recover fully.
This is not a complete list of side effects.
Talk to your doctor or nurse before receiving Fluzone® Quadrivalent. Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well after having Fluzone® Quadrivalent. For any unexpected effects after having Fluzone® Quadrivalent, contact your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Ask your healthcare provider about the Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine
Use the following questions to find out more from your doctor or pharmacist:
· Will my child get a different dose of Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine than I will?
· Why isn’t Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine authorized for use in children younger than six months of age?
· Can Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine give me or my child the flu?
· What side effects could my child or I get from Fluzone® Quadrivalent vaccine?
Indication and safety information:
Fluzone® Quadrivalent is a vaccine used to prevent influenza caused by the 4 strains of influenza virus (A/H1N1, A/H3N2, B/Victoria lineage, B/Yamagata lineage) contained in the vaccine. This vaccine may be given to adults and children 6 months of age and older. Persons with a history of severe allergic reaction to eggs or egg products or any component of Fluzone® Quadrivalent should not receive the vaccine. Fluzone® Quadrivalent will only protect against the strains of influenza virus contained in the vaccine or those that are closely related. It will not protect against any other strains of influenza virus. As with any vaccine, immunization with influenza vaccine may not protect 100% of individuals. Because flu viruses change over time, annual influenza vaccination is recommended for influenza. Some persons may experience side effects and allergic reactions. The most common are soreness at the site of injection and muscle pain, and infants may suffer from irritability. Most patients recover. Talk to your healthcare provider to ensure that Fluzone® Quadrivalent is right for you. For more information, visit www.sanofi.ca.