What is this medicine?
INTRANASAL INFLUENZA VACCINE (in truh NEY zuhl in floo EN zuh vak SEEN) is a vaccine to protect from an infection with influenza, also known as the flu. The vaccine only helps protect you against some strains of the flu. This vaccine does not help to the reduce the risk of getting the pandemic H1N1 flu.
How should I use this medicine?
Use this vaccine in the nose. Do not take by mouth. It is given by a health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
This medicine is not approved for use in patients over 49 years old.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
fever over 102 degrees F
unusual drooping or paralysis of face
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
muscle aches and pains
runny or stuffy nose
What may interact with this medicine?
Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
medicines for organ transplant
medicines to treat cancer
medicines to treat the flu
other medicines used in the nose
some medicines for arthritis
steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What if I miss a dose?
This does not apply.
Where should I keep my medicine?
This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
asthma or wheezing
Guillain-Barre syndrome or other neurological problems
immune system problems
other chronic health problems
under 18 and taking aspirin
an unusual or allergic reaction to intranasal influenza vaccine, eggs, gentamicin, gelatin, arginine, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Report any side effects to your doctor right away.
After receiving this vaccine, stay away from people who have severe immune system problems for 7 days. You may give them the flu.
Remember that this vaccine lowers your risk of getting the flu. You can get a milder flu infection if you are around others with the flu. The flu vaccine will not protect against colds or other illnesses. A yearly vaccination is recommended. Ask your health care professional about immunization for other family members.