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What are Flublok Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines?

Flublok Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines are given to help prevent influenza disease caused by influenza A and B strains contained in each vaccine. Flublok Quadrivalent vaccine is given to people 18 years of age and older. Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine is given to people 6 months of age and older. Fluzone High-Dose vaccine is given to people 65 years of age and older.

Important Safety Information for Flublok Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose Vaccines

Flublok Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines should not be given to anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction (eg, anaphylaxis) to any component of the vaccine (including egg or egg products for Fluzone Quadrivalent and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines) or after a previous dose of the corresponding vaccine. In addition, Fluzone Quadrivalent and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines should not be given to anyone who has had a severe allergic reaction after a previous dose of any influenza vaccine.

Tell your health care professional if you/your child have 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.

In adults, the most common side effects to Flublok Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose vaccines include pain where the shot was given; headache and muscle aches. In children, the most common side effects to Fluzone Quadrivalent vaccine include pain, redness, and swelling where the shot was given; muscle aches, fatigue, and headache (irritability, abnormal crying, drowsiness, appetite loss, vomiting, and fever in young children). Other adverse reactions to these vaccines may occur. Vaccination with Flublok Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, or Fluzone High-Dose vaccine may not protect all individuals.

For more information, talk to your health care professional and refer to the full Prescribing Information for Flublok Quadrivalent, Fluzone Quadrivalent, or Fluzone High-Dose. Also, please see Patient Information for Fluzone Quadrivalent or Fluzone High-Dose vaccine.

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