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(Influenza Vaccine)

Please read this information sheet before getting Fluzone vaccine. This summary is not intended to take the place of talking with your healthcare provider. If you have questions or would like more information, please talk with your healthcare provider.

What is Fluzone vaccine?

Fluzone is a vaccine that helps protect against influenza illness (flu).

Fluzone vaccine is for people who are 6 months of age and older.

Vaccination with Fluzone vaccine may not protect all people who receive the vaccine.

Who should not get Fluzone vaccine?

You should not get Fluzone vaccine if you:

  • ever had a severe allergic reaction to eggs or egg products.
  • ever had a severe allergic reaction after getting any flu vaccine.
  • are younger than 6 months of age.

Tell your healthcare provider if you or your child have or have had:

How is the Fluzone vaccine given?

Fluzone vaccine is a shot given into the muscle of the arm.

For infants, Fluzone vaccine is a shot given into the muscle of the thigh.

What are the possible side effects of Fluzone vaccine?

The most common side effects of Fluzone vaccine are:

  • pain, redness, swelling, bruising and hardness where you got the shot
  • muscle aches
  • tiredness
  • headache
  • fever

These are not all of the possible side effects of Fluzone vaccine. You can ask your healthcare provider for a list of other side effects that is available to healthcare professionals.

Call your healthcare provider for advice about any side effects that concern you. You may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) at 1-800-822-7967 or http://vaers.hhs.gov.

What are the ingredients in Fluzone vaccine?

Fluzone vaccine contains 3 killed flu virus strains.

Inactive ingredients include formaldehyde, octylphenol ethoxylate, and gelatin. The preservative thimerosal is only in the multi-dose vial of Fluzone vaccine.

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/3/2015
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration


You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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