Influenza can result in serious complications, hospitalization, and death. Annual vaccination is the primary means of preventing influenza and is recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"6

Recommendation

The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommends routine influenza vaccination for all persons aged ≥6 months who do not have contraindications."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"2

Healthcare providers should offer vaccination by the end of October, if possible."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"2

Children aged 6 months through 8 years who require 2 doses should receive their first dose as soon as possible after the vaccine becomes available, and the second dose ≥4 weeks later."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"2

People at high risk

Although anyone can be susceptible to contracting influenza, certain groups are at increased risk of flu complications."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"10

Children aged 6 through 59 months"scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"10

The CDC estimates that over

15,000

children under the age of 5 were hospitalized because of flu complications during the 2015-2016 Influenza season."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"7
Roughly 30% of children aged 6 months to 4 years were not vaccinated for the flu during the 2016-2017 season."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"8,*

Adults aged 65 years and older"scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"10

In recent years, the CDC estimates people aged 65 years and older have accounted for"scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"9:
  • 71%-85% of seasonal flu-related deaths
  • 54%-70% of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations

Other high-risk groups"scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"10

  • Pregnant women
  • Residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities
  • American Indians and Alaskan Natives
  • People with certain medical conditions, including asthma, neurological and neurodevelopmental conditions, chronic lung disease, heart disease, blood disorders, endocrine disorders, kidney disorders, liver disorders, metabolic disorders, weakened immune system, people with extreme obesity (body mass index [BMI] of 40 or more), and people <19 years of age on long-term aspirin therapy.

For more information about influenza and high-risk populations, please visit the CDC.

*The CDC analyzed data sourced from the National Immunization Survey-Flu (NIS-Flu) with an unweighted sample size of 44,094 subjects aged 6 months to 4 years."scrollbars=yes, resizable=yes, width=400, height=400,top=500, left=500"8
 

INDICATION

FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT is a vaccine indicated for active immunization for the prevention of disease caused by influenza A subtype viruses and type B viruses contained in the vaccine. FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT is approved for use in persons aged 6 months and older.

Important Safety Information for FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT

  • Do not administer FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT to anyone with a history of severe allergic reactions (eg, anaphylaxis) to any component of the vaccine, including egg protein, or following a previous dose of any influenza vaccine
  • If Guillain-Barré syndrome has occurred within 6 weeks of receipt of a prior influenza vaccine, the decision to give FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT should be based on careful consideration of the potential benefits and risks
  • Syncope (fainting) can occur in association with administration of injectable vaccines, including FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT. Procedures should be in place to avoid falling injury and to restore cerebral perfusion following syncope
  • If FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT is administered to immunosuppressed persons, including individuals receiving immunosuppressive therapy, the immune response may be lower than in immunocompetent persons
  • In clinical trials with FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT in adults, the most common solicited local adverse reaction was pain and the most common systemic adverse reactions were muscle aches, headache, and fatigue. In children 6 through 35 months of age, the most common solicited local adverse reactions were pain and redness and the most common systemic adverse reactions were irritability, loss of appetite, and drowsiness. In children 3 through 17 years of age, the solicited local adverse reactions were pain, redness, and swelling. In children 3 through 5 years of age, the most common systemic adverse reactions were drowsiness, irritability, and loss of appetite. In children 6 through 17 years of age, the most common systemic adverse reactions were fatigue, muscle aches, headache, arthralgia, and gastrointestinal symptoms. (See Adverse Reactions section of the Prescribing Information for FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT for other potential adverse reactions and events)
  • Vaccination with FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT may not result in protection in all vaccine recipients

Please see full Prescribing Information for FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT.

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