IMPROVE YOUR FLU IQ

IMPROVE YOUR FLU IQ

There are a lot of questions and misconceptions about the flu. The more you know, the better prepared you’ll be to get your flu shot this year.

The flu, short for influenza, is a highly contagious respiratory infection caused by the influenza virus. The flu can cause mild illnesses, but for some it can also be serious—even deadly—especially for people over 65, young children, pregnant women, and people with certain chronic health conditions.

Influenza A is the only type known to cause flu pandemics. Influenza A can infect humans as well as animals.

Influenza B can cause outbreaks of seasonal flu. This flu virus spreads among humans, which is different than type A viruses, which can spread between different species (like birds, pigs, and humans).

A bout of the flu typically lasts 5 to 7 days, with severe symptoms subsiding in 2 to 3 days. However, symptoms like weakness and tiredness can linger for more than 2 weeks.

The flu is highly contagious. It spreads easily from person to person, and you can catch it when someone who is infected coughs or sneezes—or even if you touch a surface or object that has been recently contaminated with the flu virus and then touch your nose, eyes, or mouth.

Adults are most contagious 24 hours before symptoms start and approximately 5 to 7 days after becoming sick. Children and some people with weakened immune systems can spread the virus for up to a week or longer.

In the US, flu season occurs in the fall and winter. Flu activity typically peaks between December and February, but it can last up until May.

People can spread the flu even before symptoms begin. The best way to prevent flu is to get an annual flu shot. It’s also good to practice healthy habits year-round, like washing your hands often and covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough.

While a fever is a common flu symptom, not everyone infected with flu will develop a fever. In mild cases of flu, your body may be able to fight off the influenza virus without raising its temperature.

It’s a myth that you can get the flu from the shot. That’s because flu shots are either made from pieces of an inactive virus or do not contain virus at all.

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

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

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

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

Tell your health care provider if you have ever had Guillain-Barré syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after a previous influenza vaccination.

If Fluzone Quadrivalent, Flublok Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent are given to people with a compromised immune system, including those receiving therapies that suppress the immune system, the immune response may be lower than expected.

Vaccination with Fluzone Quadrivalent, Flublok Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent may not protect all people who receive the vaccine.

For Fluzone Quadrivalent, in children 6 months through 35 months of age, the most common side effects were pain, tenderness, redness, and/or swelling where you got the shot; irritability, abnormal crying, general discomfort, drowsiness, loss of appetite, muscle aches, vomiting, and fever. In children 3 years through 8 years of age, the most common side effects were pain, redness, and/or swelling where you got the shot; muscle aches, general discomfort, and headache. In adults 18 years and older, the most common side effects were pain where you got the shot; muscle aches, headache, and general discomfort.

For Flublok Quadrivalent, in adults 18 through 49 years of age, the most common side effects were tenderness, and/or pain where you got the shot; headache, tiredness, muscle aches, and joint pain. In adults 50 years of age and older the most common side effects were tenderness, and/or pain where you got the shot; headache and tiredness.

For Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, in adults 65 years of age and older, the most common side effects were pain, redness, and/or swelling where you got the shot; muscle aches, headache, and general discomfort.

For Fluzone Quadrivalent, Flublok Quadrivalent, and Fluzone High-Dose Quadrivalent, other side effects may occur.

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MAT-US-2007831 Last Updated: 09/2020