Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine, surface antigen, inactivated (influenza virus haemagglutinin)
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some of the common questions about INFLUVAC TETRA vaccine. It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. Please read it carefully and keep it for future reference.
All medicines and vaccines have risks and benefits. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist has weighed the possible risks of you having INFLUVAC TETRA against the expected benefits.
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have any concerns about receiving INFLUVAC TETRA.
What Influvac Tetra is used for
INFLUVAC TETRA is used to prevent certain types of influenza (commonly called flu). The vaccine works by causing the body to produce its own protection (antibodies) against four different types of influenza virus.
Each year new types of influenza virus can appear, so every year INFLUVAC TETRA is changed to contain fragments of the new types of virus. Therefore, influenza vaccination is recommended every year.
Please note that INFLUVAC TETRA will only protect you against the four types of influenza virus used to make the vaccine. It will not protect you from influenza caused by other types of influenza virus or from infections with other agents causing flu-like symptoms (such as the common cold).
Influenza is an infectious illness. Influenza is spread by small droplets from the nose, throat or mouth of an infected person. Symptoms of influenza begin 48 hours after coming into contact with the virus. These consist of chills, fever, generalised aches and pains, headache and respiratory symptoms (sore throat, runny nose, cough). The severity and type of symptoms can vary. Most people recover completely within a week. The risk of serious complications (e.g. pneumonia and death) is greater in very young, very old and chronically ill persons.
INFLUVAC TETRA can be used in adults and children over the age of 3 years.
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Before you receive Influvac Tetra
Do not have INFLUVAC TETRA if:
you have had an allergic reaction to INFLUVAC TETRA, or any ingredient listed at the end of this leaflet
Signs of an allergic reaction may include itchy skin rash, shortness of breath and swelling of the face or tongue.
you have had an allergic reaction or became unwell after any other influenza vaccine (e.g. Fluvax, Vaxigrip, Fluarix Tetra etc.)
you are allergic to chicken proteins such as in eggs or feathers.
you are allergic to gentamicin
you have a severe infection with a high temperature. Vaccination should be postponed until after you have recovered.
A minor infection such as a cold should not be a problem, but talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist about this before being vaccinated.
the expiry date printed on the pack has passed.
the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure whether you should have INFLUVAC TETRA.
Do not give this vaccine to anyone else.
This vaccine is prescribed specifically for you.
Before having INFLUVAC TETRA
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if:
you have been allergic to any other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
you have had INFLUVAC TETRA before and became unwell, tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before the next dose is given
you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Your doctor will discuss with you the benefits and risks of taking INFLUVAC TETRA when pregnant
you are breast feeding
Your doctor will discuss the risks and benefits of vaccination, however the vaccine is not expected to cause problems for breast-fed babies
you have ever had an illness affecting the nervous system, especially Guillain-Barre Syndrome (GBS)
If you have had GBS, you may be more likely to develop GBS following influenza vaccination than someone who has never had GBS.
you have any medical conditions, such as an immune deficiency condition or a bleeding disorder.