"Dec. 3, 2012 -- The U.S. flu season is here -- the earliest start since the "moderately severe" season of 2003.
Just as in 2003, the nasty H3N2 flu bug is causing most cases so far.
"This could be a bad flu year," warned CDC"...
Fluzone Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose
In this Article
- What is influenza virus vaccine (Fluzone)?
- What are the possible side effects of influenza virus injectable vaccine?
- What is the most important information I should know about this vaccine?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before receiving this vaccine?
- How is this vaccine given?
- What happens if I miss a dose?
- What happens if I overdose?
- What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine?
- What other drugs will affect influenza virus injectable vaccine?
- Where can I get more information?
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since flu shots are usually given only one time per year, you will most likely not be on a dosing schedule. Call your doctor if you forget to receive your yearly flu shot in October or November.
If your child misses a booster dose of this vaccine, call your doctor for instructions.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of this vaccine is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid before or after receiving this vaccine?
Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.
What other drugs will affect influenza virus injectable vaccine?
Before receiving this vaccine, tell your doctor if you are using:
- theophylline; or
- a blood thinner such as warfarin, Coumadin.
Also tell the doctor if you have recently received drugs or treatments that can weaken the immune system, including:
- an oral, nasal, inhaled, or injectable steroid medicine;
- medications to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis, or other autoimmune disorders--azathioprine, etanercept, leflunomide, and others; or
- medicines to treat or prevent organ transplant rejection--basiliximab, cyclosporine, muromonab-CD3, mycophenolate mofetil, sirolimus, tacrolimus.
If you are using any of these medications, you may not be able to receive the vaccine, or may need to wait until the other treatments are finished.
This list is not complete. Other drugs may affect influenza virus injectable vaccine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.
Where can I get more information?
Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about this vaccine. Additional information is available from your local health department or the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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