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Flu Treatment:

What to do when you're already sick

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What if I get the flu, or my loved one gets it?

Because influenza is a virus, antibiotics won't help.1,2 People who catch the flu should stay home, get plenty of rest, drink clear fluids like water or broth, and talk to their health care provider or pharmacist about over-the-counter medicines that may help ease fever or muscle aches.1

If you or a loved one has a fever that doesn't go away in a few days, or if you're experiencing other symptoms of the flu, consult immediately with your health care provider.1 People in high-risk groups — including pregnant women, children younger than 2 years of age, seniors 65 years of age and older, or people with respiratory problems — should seek immediate medical attention at the first sign of flu symptoms.1,2

How can I help protect myself and my loved ones?

Influenza spreads easily — especially if you spend time in crowded places such as work or school.1-3 When an infected person coughs, the flu virus gets into the air and another person can inhale it.2,3 The flu virus also spreads when someone touches a contaminated surface.3 That's why it is important to cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing — and regularly wash your hands.4,5

The best way to help prevent the flu is to get a flu shot every year.4 In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older, with rare exception, gets an annual flu vaccine.6,7 Click here to learn more.

There’s a Fluzone vaccine for you.

There’s a Fluzone vaccine for you.


There’s a Fluzone vaccine for you.

Important Safety Information

Indication

Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines are given to help prevent influenza disease caused by influenza A and B strains contained in each vaccine.

Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine is given to people 6 months of age and older. Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent vaccine is given to people 18 through 64 years of age. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is given to people 65 years of age and older.

Safety Information

Side effects to Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines include pain and swelling at the injection site (also itching at the injection site and shivering in adults receiving Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent vaccine); muscle aches, fatigue, and headache (also irritability, abnormal crying, drowsiness, appetite loss, vomiting, and fever in young children receiving Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine). Itching, redness, swelling, and firmness at the injection site have occurred more frequently with vaccine administered into the skin compared to vaccine administered into the muscle. Other side effects may occur.

Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines should not be administered to anyone with a severe allergic reaction (eg, anaphylaxis) to any vaccine component, including eggs, egg products, or thimerosal (the multidose vial is the only presentation containing thimerosal), or to a previous dose of any influenza vaccine.

Tell the doctor if you/your child has ever experienced Guillain-Barré syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after a previous dose of influenza vaccine. If you notice any other problems or symptoms following vaccination, please contact your health care professional immediately. Vaccination with Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, or Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may not protect all individuals.

For more information about Fluzone Quadrivalent, Fluzone Intradermal Quadrivalent, or Fluzone High-Dose vaccine, talk to your health care professional and see complete Patient Information.

References

  1. Dolin R. Influenza. In: Fauci AS, Braunwald E, Kasper DL, et al, eds. Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine. 17th ed. New York, NY: McGraw Hill; 2008:1127-1132.
  2. Treanor JJ. Influenza viruses, including avian influenza and swine influenza. In: Mandell GL, Bennett JE, Dolin R, eds. Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett's Principles and Practice of Infectious Diseases. 7th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier; 2010:2265-2288.
  3. Hamborsky J, Kroger A, Wolfe C. Influenza. In: Hamborsky J, Kroger A, Wolfe C, eds. Epidemiology and Prevention of Vaccine–Preventable Diseases (The Pink Book). 13th ed. Washington, DC: Public Health Foundation; 2015:187–208.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Prevention and Control of Influenza with Vaccines. Recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010. MMWR. 2010;59(RR08):1–62.
  5. World Health Organization (WHO) Writing Group. Nonpharmaceutical interventions for pandemic influenza, national and community measures. Emerg Infect Dis. 2006;12(1):88–94.
  6. CDC. Recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0 through 18 years – United States, 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/child/0-18yrs-child-combined-schedule.pdf. Accessed June 10, 2015.
  7. CDC. Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States - 2015. http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/schedules/downloads/adult/adult-combined-schedule.pdf. Accessed June 10, 2015.

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