Influenza Vaccine

Flushield (wyeth)

Type:

Inactivated virus

Preservative:

Possibly thimerosol, egg

Pregnancy risk:

None

Breast feeding risk:

None

Recommended for:

Any traveler > 50 years of age,

Pregnant 

Anyone with chronic lung, liver, kidney, heart or neurologic disease, cancer, diabetes, smokes, alcoholic, HIV, blood, disorder, splenectomy, cerebrospinal leaks, cochlear implants or taking any medication that suppresses the immune system.

Contraindications:

Allergy to previous dose

Allergy to egg protein

Prior episode of Guillain Barre Syndrome

Current moderate-severe illness

Side-effects:

Pain at injection site
Mild flu like symptoms

Dosing:

Amount: 0.5 ml (cc)
Route: intramuscular
Number of doses: one
Schedule: one dose – year round for travel to tropics
April-October for travel to Southern Hemisphere
November-March for travel to Northern Hemisphere

Timing:

2 weeks before trip

Can be given with other vaccines and antibiotics

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