Fluarix Tetra safety information
What you need to know before you or your child are given Fluarix Tetra:
Fluarix Tetra is suitable for use in adults and children from three years of age.
To make sure that Fluarix Tetra is suitable for you or your child, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist if any of the points below apply to you or your child. If there is anything you do not understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain.
Do not use Fluarix Tetra if:
- you or your child are allergic to the active substances or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section six of Fluarix Tetra Patient Information Leaflet) or any components that may be present in very small amounts such as eggs (ovalbumin or chicken proteins), formaldehyde, gentamycin sulphate or sodium deoxycholate.
- you or your child have an illness with a high temperature or acute infection, the vaccination should be postponed until after you or your child has recovered.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you or your child receive Fluarix Tetra:
- if you or your child have a poor immune response (immunodeficiency or taking medicines affecting the immune system)
- if, for any reason, you or your child have a blood test within a few days following a flu vaccination. This is because false positive blood test results have been observed in a few patients who had recently been vaccinated.
- if you or your child have a bleeding problem or bruise easily.
Your doctor will decide if you or your child should receive the vaccine.
Fainting can occur (mostly in adolescents) following, or even before, any needle injection; therefore tell the doctor or nurse if you or your child fainted with a previous injection.
As with all vaccines, Fluarix Tetra may not fully protect all persons who are vaccinated.
Possible side effects
Very Common (affects more than 1 in 10 people):
- Injection-site reactions: pain
- Muscular pain (myalgia)
Common (affects fewer than 1 in 10 people)
- Feeling sick, diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach pain
- Joint pain (arthralgia)
- Fever, shivering
- Injection-site reactions: redness, swelling
Uncommon (affects fewer than 1 in 100 people)
- Bruising (hematoma), itching (pruritus) around the area where the vaccine is injected
For further information on Fluarix Tetra, please refer to the information provided in the Fluarix Tetra Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) before vaccination: