Manufactured by: CSL Limited
What is Afluria used for?
Afluria shots are utilized for the avoidance (or prophylaxis) against basic influenza which is restoratively exemplified as the Flu infection. Influenza is a condition caused by the virus Haemophilus influenzae; subtypes A and B. It is characterized by flu (rhinorrhea), painful scratchy sensation in the throat, headache, mild to severe episodes of coughing, and pain in muscles, which is frequently accompanied by a high degree of fever. Influenza virus is contagious and can spread from one person to another by means of coughing or sneezing. You can contract the virus by coming in direct contact with another infected person. Afluria vaccine provides protection against the virus by boosting your immune system against it.
In what strengths is Afluria available?
It has a potency of 0.5 mg as an injectable suspension.
What should you know about the drug?
- Quickly end the medication and counsel your medicinal services supplier if you suffer a hypersensitive response or a skin condition. Try not to utilize this antibody in the event that you are susceptible to eggs, neomycin or polymyxin since it can generally exacerbate the extreme allergic responses.
- There are still chances of you getting Influenza disease even after you have been vaccinated for it. So talk to your physician if you develop symptoms of flu after you have taken your shots.
- Do not give this vaccine to your child if he/she is under 5 years old as your child can otherwise develop fever and can even consequently suffer from convulsions due to a high degree of body temperature.
- You need to get vaccinated by Afluria after every one year.
- Immediately consult your physician if within 6 weeks of your vaccination you start experiencing any kind of pain or stinging sensation in your fingers and toes, or you faces any difficulty in walking, or chewing or swallowing or some sort of general weakness in muscles as these could be the signs of an autoimmune disease associated with the Influenza vaccine and if not treated on time can lead to muscle paralysis.
- Injectable vaccines can in some patient cause fainting, so use every precautionary measure to avoid injuries caused by falls, specifically in elderly patients.
- Do not use Afluria when you had a late organ transplant and are on prescriptions called immunosuppressant as it will bring about the diminished reaction by Afluria.
What is the dosing of Afluria? You should use it according to the advice of your physician.
What are its precautions?
- In the case of egg allergies, avoid taking Afluria.
- There are equal chances that you may still acquire flu after inoculation.
- If you have fever wait till it is resolved before taking Afluria.
- Do not use Afluria if you have muscle weakness.
- Do not administer the vaccine with an immunosuppressant.
What sort of side effects does this vaccine have?
- Skin: pain at the injection place, swollen and raised areas on the skin, rash like spots.
- Non-skin: headache, pain in the muscle, an unpleasant feeling of illness, fever, and blurred vision, decreased platelet count, weakness of muscles of the face, severe pain in shoulders and arms, inflamed blood vessels.
- Anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction can occur in patients with severe egg allergy.
By what method can Afluria associate with other medications?
- Other vaccines: do not use two or more vaccines at the same time, avoid mixing any other drug in the vial in which Afluria is present.
- Immunosuppressant and hydroxyurea: Afluria will produce from reduced to no effects when administered concomitantly with medicines which lower the responses of your immune system.
- Adalimumab, anakinra, and azathioprine: these drugs can nullify the effects and action of Afluria if administered together.
- With cortisone: you can suffer from infectious ailments by using live vaccines with corticosteroids.
How is Afluria used by different categories of patients?
- In pregnancy: Afluria is classified B. Animal testing has recommended that when Flu immunization was given in pregnant females, it didn’t hurt the hatchling. Trials of Afluria in people have not been directed so it is prudent to counsel your doctor or drug specialist before utilizing this immunization.
- In nursing mothers: the safe use of Afluria during the lactation period is not determined; therefore, do not use the vaccine prior to your doctor’s order.
- Geriatrics: in elders of 65 years and older, this vaccine can alter their Hemagglutination Inhibition Test.
- Pediatrics: children below 5 years can’t be immunized with this vaccine.
What is Afluria action mechanism?
Afluria helps fight the virus by producing active anti-bodies against the virus in the person.
What are its pharmacokinetic components? Its effect remains in the body for a number of months.
Toxicology of Afluria: it is not known if this particular vaccine can produce gene variations and cancer in a human body.
What should your doctor be informed of regarding Afluria? Inform him/her if you;
- Are allergic to medicines,
- Have seizure/convulsions or tremors
- Have a blood disorder
- Have cancer
- Suffer from muscular deformities or weakness