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(Influenza Vaccine) Influenza Virus Vaccine, for Intramuscular Injection
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FLULAVAL, Influenza Virus Vaccine, for intramuscular injection, is a trivalent, splitvirion, inactivated influenza virus vaccine prepared from virus propagated in the allantoic cavity of embryonated hens' eggs. Each of the influenza viruses is produced and purified separately. The virus is inactivated with ultraviolet light treatment followed by formaldehyde treatment, purified by centrifugation, and disrupted with sodium deoxycholate.
FLULAVAL is a sterile, translucent to whitish opalescent suspension in a phosphatebuffered saline solution that may sediment slightly. The sediment resuspends upon shaking to form a homogeneous suspension.
FLULAVAL has been standardized according to USPHS requirements for the 2013-2014 influenza season and is formulated to contain 45 micrograms (mcg) hemagglutinin (HA) per 0.5mL dose in the recommended ratio of 15 mcg HA of each of the following 3 strains: A/California/7/2009 NYMC X-179A (H1N1), A/Texas/50/2012 NYMC X-223A (H3N2) (an A/Victoria/361/2011-like virus), and B/Massachusetts/2/2012 NYMC BX-51B.
Thimerosal, a mercury derivative, is added as a preservative. Each 0.5-mL dose contains 50 mcg thimerosal ( < 25 mcg mercury). Each 0.5-mL dose may also contain residual amounts of ovalbumin ( ≤ 0.3 mcg), formaldehyde ( ≤ 25 mcg), and sodium deoxycholate ( < 50 mcg) from the manufacturing process. Antibiotics are not used in the manufacture of this vaccine.
The vial stoppers are not made with natural rubber latex.
What are the possible side effects of influenza virus injectable vaccine?
Influenza virus injectable (killed virus) vaccine will not cause you to become ill with the flu virus that it contains. However, you may have flu-like symptoms at any time during flu season that may be caused by other strains of influenza virus.
You should not receive a booster vaccine if you had a life-threatening allergic reaction after the first shot.
Keep track of any and all side effects you have after receiving this vaccine. If you ever need to receive influenza virus vaccine in the future, you will need to tell your doctor if the previous shot caused any side...
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/25/2013
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