What is Fluzone and how is it used?
Fluzone is a prescription vaccine used as a prophylaxis treat the symptoms of Influenza. Fluzone may be used alone or with other medications.
Fluzone belongs to a class of drugs called Vaccines, Inactivated, Viral.
It is not known if Fluzone is safe and effective in children younger than 6 months of age.
What are the possible side effects of Fluzone?
Fluzone may cause serious side effects including:
- difficulty breathing,
- swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat,
- severe weakness or unusual feeling in your arms and legs (may occur 2 to 4 weeks after you receive the vaccine),
- high fever,
- seizure, and
- unusual bleeding
Get medical help right away, if you have any of the symptoms listed above.
The most common side effects of Fluzone include:
- low fever,
- mild fussiness or crying,
- redness, bruising, pain, swelling, or a lump where the vaccine was injected,
- tired feeling, and
- joint or muscle pain
Tell the doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all the possible side effects of Fluzone. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Fluzone High-Dose (Influenza Vaccine) for intramuscular injection is an inactivated influenza vaccine, prepared from influenza viruses propagated in embryonated chicken eggs. The virus-containing allantoic fluid is harvested and inactivated with formaldehyde. Influenza virus is concentrated and purified in a linear sucrose density gradient solution using a continuous flow centrifuge. The virus is then chemically disrupted using a non-ionic surfactant, octylphenol ethoxylate (Triton® X-100), producing a "split virus". The split virus is further purified and then suspended in sodium phosphatebuffered isotonic sodium chloride solution. The Fluzone High-Dose process uses an additional concentration factor after the ultrafiltration step in order to obtain a higher hemagglutinin (HA) antigen concentration.
Fluzone High-Dose suspension for injection is clear and slightly opalescent in color.
Neither antibiotics nor preservative are used in the manufacture of Fluzone High-Dose.
The Fluzone High-Dose prefilled syringe presentation is not made with natural rubber latex.
Fluzone High-Dose is standardized according to United States Public Health Service requirements and is formulated to contain HA of each of the following three influenza strains recommended for the 2017- 2018 influenza season: A/Michigan/45/2015 X-275 (H1N1), A/Hong Kong/4801/2014 X-263-B(H3N2), and B/Brisbane/60/2008(B Victoria Lineage). The amounts of HA and other ingredients per dose of vaccine are listed in Table 2.
Table 2: Fluzone High-Dose Ingredients
|Fluzone High-Dose 0.5 mL Dose|
|Active Substance: Split influenza virus , inactivated strains* :||180 mcg HA total|
|A (H1N1)||60 mcg HA|
|A (H3N2)||60 mcg HA|
|B||60 mcg HA|
|Sodium phosphate-buffered isotonic sodium chloride solution||QS† to appropriate volume|
|Octylphenol ethoxylate||≤250 mcg|
|*per United States Public Health Service (USPHS) requirement
Fluzone High-Dose is approved for use in persons 65 years of age and older.
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
- For intramuscular use only
Dose And Schedule
Fluzone High-Dose should be administered as a single 0.5 mL injection by the intramuscular route in adults 65 years of age and older.
Inspect Fluzone High-Dose visually for particulate matter and/or discoloration prior to administration. If either of these conditions exist, the vaccine should not be administered.
Before administering a dose of vaccine, shake the prefilled syringe.
Do not administer this product intravenously or subcutaneously.
Fluzone High-Dose should not be combined through reconstitution or mixed with any other vaccine.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
Fluzone High-Dose is a suspension for injection.
Fluzone High-Dose is supplied in prefilled syringes (gray syringe plunger rod), 0.5 mL, for adults 65 years of age and older.
Storage And Handling
Single-dose, prefilled syringe, without needle, 0.5 mL (NDC 49281-401-88) (not made with natural rubber latex). Supplied as package of 10 (NDC 49281-401-65).
Store Fluzone High-Dose refrigerated at 2° to 8°C (35° to 46°F). DO NOT FREEZE. Discard if vaccine has been frozen.
Do not use after the expiration date shown on the label.
Manufactured by: Sanofi Pasteur Inc. Swiftwater, PA 18370 USA. Revised: July 2017
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse event rates observed in the clinical trial(s) of a vaccine cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trial(s) of another vaccine and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
Two clinical studies have evaluated the safety of Fluzone High-Dose.
Study 1 (NCT00391053, see http://clinicaltrials.gov) was a multi-center, double-blind pre-licensure trial conducted in the US. In this study, adults 65 years of age and older were randomized to receive either Fluzone High-Dose or Fluzone (2006-2007 formulation). The study compared the safety and immunogenicity of Fluzone High-Dose to those of Fluzone. The safety analysis set included 2573 Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 1260 Fluzone recipients.
Table 1 summarizes solicited injection-site reactions and systemic adverse events reported within 7 days post-vaccination via diary cards. Onset was usually within the first 3 days after vaccination and a majority of the reactions resolved within 3 days. Solicited injection-site reactions and systemic adverse events were more frequent after vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose compared to Fluzone.
Table 1: Study 1 : Frequency of Solicited Injection-Site Reactions and Systemic Adverse Events
Within 7 Days After Vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose or Fluzone, Adults 65 Years of Age and
|Fluzone High-Dose (N† =2569-2572) Percentage||Fluzone (N† =1258-1260) Percentage|
†N is the number of vaccinated participants with available data for the events listed
‡Moderate - Injection-site pain: sufficiently discomforting to interfere with normal behavior or activities; Injectionsite erythema and Injection-site swelling: ≥2.5 cm to <5 cm; Fever: >100.4 °F to ≤102.2°F; Myalgia, Malaise, and Headache: interferes with daily activities
§Severe - Injection-site pain: incapacitating, unable to perform usual activities; Injection-site erythema and Injection-site swelling: ≥5 cm; Fever: >102.2°F; Myalgia, Malaise, and Headache: prevents daily activities
¶Fever - The percentage of temperature measurements that were taken by oral route or not recorded were 97.9% and 2.1%, respectively, for Fluzone High-Dose; and 98.6% and 1.4 %, respectively, for Fluzone
Within 6 months post-vaccination, 156 (6.1%) Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 93 (7.4%) Fluzone recipients experienced a serious adverse event (SAE). No deaths were reported within 28 days postvaccination. A total of 23 deaths were reported during Days 29 – 180 post-vaccination: 16 (0.6%) among Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 7 (0.6%) among Fluzone recipients. The majority of these participants had a medical history of cardiac, hepatic, neoplastic, renal, and/or respiratory diseases. These data do not provide evidence for a causal relationship between deaths and vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose.
Study 2 (NCT01427309, see http://clinicaltrials.gov) was a multi-center, double-blind post-licensure efficacy trial conducted in the US and Canada over two influenza seasons. In this study, adults 65 years of age and older were randomized to receive either Fluzone High-Dose or Fluzone (2011-2012 and 2012-2013 formulations). The study compared the efficacy and safety of Fluzone High-Dose to those of Fluzone. The safety analysis set included 15,992 Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 15,991 Fluzone recipients.
Within the study surveillance period (approximately 6 to 8 months post-vaccination), 1323 (8.3%) Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 1442 (9.0%) Fluzone recipients experienced an SAE. Within 30 days post-vaccination, 204 (1.3%) Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 200 (1.3%) Fluzone recipients experienced an SAE. The majority of these participants had one or more chronic comorbid illnesses. A total of 167 deaths were reported within 6 to 8 months post-vaccination: 83 (0.5%) among Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 84 (0.5%) among Fluzone recipients. A total of 6 deaths were reported within 30 days post-vaccination: 6 (0.04%) among Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 0 (0 %) among Fluzone recipients. These data do not provide evidence for a causal relationship between deaths and vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose.
The following events have been spontaneously reported during the post-approval use of Fluzone or Fluzone High-Dose. Because these events are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to vaccine exposure. Adverse events were included based on one or more of the following factors: severity, frequency of reporting, or strength of evidence for a causal relationship to Fluzone or Fluzone High- Dose.
Events Reported During Post-Approval Use of Fluzone
- Blood and Lymphatic System Disorders: Thrombocytopenia, lymphadenopathy
- Immune System Disorders: Anaphylaxis, other allergic/hypersensitivity reactions (including urticaria, angioedema)
- Eye Disorders: Ocular hyperemia
- Nervous System Disorders: Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), convulsions, febrile convulsions, myelitis (including encephalomyelitis and transverse myelitis), facial palsy (Bell's palsy), optic neuritis/neuropathy, brachial neuritis, syncope (shortly after vaccination), dizziness, paresthesia
- Vascular Disorders: Vasculitis, vasodilatation/flushing
- Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders: Dyspnea, pharyngitis, rhinitis, cough, wheezing, throat tightness
- Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders: Stevens-Johnson syndrome
- General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: Pruritus, asthenia/fatigue, pain in extremities, chest pain
- Gastrointestinal Disorders: Vomiting
Other Events Reported During Post-Approval Use of Fluzone High-Dose
- Gastrointestinal Disorders: Nausea, diarrhea
- General Disorders and Administration Site Conditions: Chills
Data evaluating the concomitant administration of Fluzone High-Dose with other vaccines are not available.
Included as part of the "PRECAUTIONS" Section
If Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS) has occurred within 6 weeks following previous influenza vaccination, the decision to give Fluzone High-Dose should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks. The 1976 swine influenza vaccine was associated with an elevated risk of GBS. Evidence for a causal relation of GBS with other influenza vaccines is inconclusive; if an excess risk exists, it is probably slightly more than 1 additional case per 1 million persons vaccinated. (See REFERENCES 1 and 2.)
Preventing And Managing Allergic Reactions
Appropriate medical treatment and supervision must be available to manage possible anaphylactic reactions following administration of the vaccine.
Limitations Of Vaccine Effectiveness
Vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose may not protect all recipients.
Patient Counseling Information
See FDA-approved patient labeling (PATIENT INFORMATION).
- Inform the patient or caregiver that Fluzone High-Dose contains killed viruses and cannot cause influenza.
- Among persons aged 65 years and older, Fluzone High-Dose stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies that help protect against influenza.
- Among persons aged 65 years and older, Fluzone High-Dose offers better protection against influenza as compared to Fluzone.
- Annual influenza vaccination is recommended.
- Instruct vaccine recipients and caregivers to report adverse reactions to their healthcare provider and/or to Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
Fluzone High-Dose has not been evaluated for carcinogenic or mutagenic potential or for impairment of fertility.
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Category C
Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Fluzone High-Dose.
It is also not known whether Fluzone High-Dose can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can affect reproduction capacity. Fluzone High-Dose should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.
Safety and effectiveness of Fluzone High-Dose in persons <65 years of age have not been established.
1.Lasky T, Terracciano GJ, Magder L, et al. The Guillain-Barré syndrome and the 1992-1993 and 1993-1994 influenza vaccines. N Engl J Med 1998;339:1797-802.
2.Baxter, R, et al. Lack of Association of Guillain-Barré Syndrome with Vaccinations. Clin Infect Dis 2013;57(2):197-204.
No Information Provided
A severe allergic reaction (e.g., anaphylaxis) to any component of the vaccine [see DESCRIPTION], including egg protein, or to a previous dose of any influenza vaccine is a contraindication to administration of Fluzone High-Dose.
Mechanism Of Action
Influenza illness and its complications follow infection with influenza viruses. Global surveillance of influenza identifies yearly antigenic variants. For example, since 1977, antigenic variants of influenza A (H1N1 and H3N2) viruses and influenza B viruses have been in global circulation. Specific levels of hemagglutination inhibition (HI) antibody titer post-vaccination with inactivated influenza virus vaccines have not been correlated with protection from influenza virus infection. In some human studies, antibody titers ≥1:40 have been associated with protection from influenza illness in up to 50% of participants. (See REFERENCES 3 and 4.)
Antibodies against one influenza virus type or subtype confer limited or no protection against another. Furthermore, antibodies to one antigenic variant of influenza virus might not protect against a new antigenic variant of the same type or subtype. Frequent development of antigenic variants through antigenic drift is the virologic basis for seasonal epidemics and the reason for the usual change of one or more new strains in each year's influenza vaccine. Therefore, influenza vaccines are standardized to contain the hemagglutinins of influenza virus strains representing the influenza viruses likely to be circulating in the US during the influenza season.
Annual vaccination with the current vaccine is recommended because immunity during the year after vaccination declines and because circulating strains of influenza virus change from year to year.
Immunogenicity Of Fluzone High-Dose In Adults 65 Years Of Age And Older
Study 1 (NCT00391053) was a multi-center, double-blind pre-licensure trial conducted in the US in which adults 65 years of age and older were randomized to receive either Fluzone High-Dose or Fluzone (2006-2007 formulation). The study compared the safety and immunogenicity of Fluzone High- Dose to those of Fluzone. For immunogenicity analyses, 2576 participants were randomized to Fluzone High-Dose and 1275 participants were randomized to Fluzone. Females accounted for 51.3% of participants in the Fluzone High-Dose group and 54.7% of participants in the Fluzone group. In both groups, the mean age was 72.9 years (ranged from 65 through 97 years in the Fluzone High-Dose group and 65 through 94 years in the Fluzone group); 35% of participants in the Fluzone High-Dose group and 36% of participants in the Fluzone group were 75 years of age or older. Most participants in the Fluzone High-Dose and Fluzone groups, respectively, were White (91.7% and 92.9%), followed by Hispanic (4.8% and 3.7%), and Black (2.7% and 2.7%).
The primary endpoints of the study were HI GMTs and seroconversion rates 28 days after vaccination. Pre-specified statistical superiority criteria required that the lower limit (LL) of the 2-sided 95% CI of the GMT ratio (Fluzone High-Dose/Fluzone) be greater than 1.50 for at least two of the strains, and if one strain failed, non-inferiority of that strain must be demonstrated (LL>0.67), and that the lower limit of the 2-sided 95% CI of the seroconversion rate difference (Fluzone High-Dose minus Fluzone) be greater than 10% for at least two of the strains, and if one strain failed, non-inferiority of that strain must be demonstrated (LL>-10%). As shown in Table 3, statistically superior HI GMTs and seroconversion rates after vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose compared to Fluzone were demonstrated for influenza A subtypes, A (H1N1) and A (H3N2), but not for influenza type B. For strain B, non-inferiority of Fluzone High-Dose compared to Fluzone was demonstrated for both the HI GMTs and seroconversion rates.
Table 3: Study 1 : Post-Vaccination HI Antibody GMTs and Seroconversion Rates and
Analyses of Superiority of Fluzone High-Dose Relative to Fluzone, Adults 65 Years of
Age and Older
|Influenza Strain||GMT||GMT Ratio||Seroconversion %†||Difference||Met Both Pre-defined Superiority Criteria ‡|
N §=2542- 2544
|Dose over Fluzone (95% CI)||Fluzone High-
N§ =2529- 2531
N§ =1248- 1249
|Fluzone High - Dose minus Fluzone (95% CI)|
†Seroconversion: Paired samples with pre-vaccination HI titer <1:10 and post-vaccination (day 28) titer ≥1:4 0 or a minimum 4 -fold increase for participants with pre-vaccination titer ≥1:10
‡Predefined superiority criterion for seroconversion: the lower limit of the two-sided 95% CI of the difference of the seroconversion rates (Fluzone High-Dose minus Fluzone) is >10%. Predefined superiority criterion for the GMT ratio: the lower limit of the 95% CI of the GMT ratio (Fluzone High-Dose divided by Fluzone) is >1.5
§N is the number of vaccinated participants with available data for the immunologic endpoint listed
Efficacy Of Fluzone High-Dose In Adults 65 Years Of Age And Older
Study 2 (NCT01427309) was a multi-center, double-blind post-licensure efficacy trial conducted in the US and Canada in which adults 65 years of age and older were randomized (1:1) to receive either Fluzone High-Dose or Fluzone. The study was conducted over two influenza seasons (2011-2012 and 2012-2013); 53% of participants enrolled in the first year of the study were re-enrolled and rerandomized in the second year. The per-protocol analysis set for efficacy assessments included 15,892 Fluzone High-Dose recipients and 15,911 Fluzone recipients. The majority (67%) of participants in the per-protocol analysis set for efficacy had one or more high-risk chronic comorbid conditions. In the per-protocol analysis set, females accounted for 57.2% of participants in the Fluzone High-Dose group and 56.1% of participants in the Fluzone group. In both groups, the median age was 72.2 years (range 65 through 100 years). Overall, most participants in the study were White (95%); approximately 4% of study participants were Black, and approximately 6% reported Hispanic ethnicity.
The primary endpoint of the study was the occurrence of laboratory-confirmed influenza (as determined by culture or polymerase chain reaction) caused by any influenza viral type/subtype in association with influenza-like illness (ILI), defined as the occurrence of at least one of the following respiratory symptoms: sore throat, cough, sputum production, wheezing, or difficulty breathing; concurrent with at least one of the following systemic signs or symptoms: temperature >99.0°F, chills, tiredness, headaches or myalgia. Participants were monitored for the occurrence of a respiratory illness by both active and passive surveillance, starting 2 weeks post-vaccination for approximately 7 months. After an episode of respiratory illness, nasopharyngeal swab samples were collected for analysis; attack rates and vaccine efficacy were calculated (see Table 4).
Table 4: Study 2 : Relative Efficacy Against Laboratory-Confirmed
Influenza Regardless of Similarity to the Vaccine Components ,
Associated with Influenza-Like Illness , Adults 65 Years of Age and
% (95% CI)
|Any type/subtype#||227 (1.43)||300 (1.89)||24.2 (9.7; 36.5)Þ|
|Influenza A||190 (1.20)||249 (1.56)||23.6 (7.4; 37.1)|
|A (H1N1)||8 (0.05)||9 (0.06)||11.0 (-159.9; 70.1)|
|A (H3N2)||171 (1.08)||222 (1.40)||22.9 (5.4; 37.2)|
|Influenza Bß||37 (0.23)||51 (0.32)||27.4 (-13.1; 53.8)|
†Laboratory-confirmed: culture- or polymerase-chain-reaction-confirmed
‡Occurrence of at least one of the following respiratory symptoms: sore throat, cough, sputum production, wheezing, or difficulty breathing; concurrent with at least one of the following systemic signs or symptoms: temperature >99.0°F, chills, tiredness, headaches or myalgia
§N is the number of vaccinated participants in the per-protocol analysis set for efficacy assessments
¶n is the number of participants with protocol-defined influenza-like illness with laboratory confirmation
ÞThe pre-specified statistical superiority criterion for the primary endpoint (lower limit of the 2-sided 95% CI of the vaccine efficacy of Fluzone High-Dose relative to Fluzone > 9.1%) was met.
ßIn the first year of the study the influenza B component of the vaccine and the majority of influenza B cases were of the Victoria lineage; in the second year the influenza B component of the vaccine and the majority of influenza B cases were of the Yamagata lineage
A secondary endpoint of the study was the occurrence of culture-confirmed influenza caused by viral types/subtypes antigenically similar to those contained in the respective annual vaccine formulations in association with a modified CDC-defined ILI, defined as the occurrence of a temperature > 99.0°F (> 37.2°C) with cough or sore throat. The efficacy of Fluzone High-Dose relative to Fluzone for this endpo int was 51.1% (95% CI: 16.8; 72.0).
3.Hannoun C, Megas F, Piercy J. Immunogenicity and protective efficacy of influenza vaccination. Virus Res 2004;103:133-138.
4.Hobson D, Curry RL, Beare AS, Ward-Gardner A. The role of serum haemagglutinationinhibiting antibody in protection against challenge infection with influenza A2 and B viruses. J Hyg Camb 1972;70:767-777.
High-Dose Influenza Vaccine
Please read this information sheet before getting Fluzone High-Dose 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 High-Dose vaccine?
Fluzone High-Dose is a vaccine that helps protect against influenza illness (flu).
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is for people 65 years of age and older.
Vaccination with Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may not protect all people who receive the vaccine.
Who should not get Fluzone High-Dose vaccine?
You should not get Fluzone High-Dose 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 65 years of age.
Tell your healthcare provider if you have or have had:
- Guillain-Barré syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after getting a flu vaccine.
- problems with your immune system as the immune response may be diminished.
How is Fluzone High-Dose vaccine given?
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is a shot given into the muscle of the arm.
What are the possible side effects of Fluzone High-Dose vaccine?
The most common side effects of Fluzone High-Dose vaccine are:
- pain, redness, and swelling where you got the shot
- muscle ache
These are not all of the possible side effects of Fluzone High-Dose 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.
Why should I get Fluzone High-Dose vaccine instead of Fluzone vaccine?
An efficacy study in adults 65 years of age and older has demonstrated that Fluzone High-Dose vaccine offers better protection against influenza than Fluzone vaccine.
What are the ingredients in Fluzone High-Dose vaccine?
Fluzone High-Dose vaccine contains 3 killed flu virus strains.
Inactive ingredients include formaldehyde and octylphenol ethoxylate.
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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