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Influgen Vaccine

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Overview

Introduction

Influgen Vaccine helps protect you from influenza (flu). It works by exposing you to a small dose of the flu virus which helps your body to develop immunity against the disease. It will not treat an existing flu virus infection.

Influgen Vaccine is given as an injection into a muscle by a doctor or nurse. It is usually given just before the cold season when the flu virus begins to increase. Normally, only one injection is required to protect you for a year. You should have an injection each year because different new strains of the flu virus emerge frequently and different vaccines are developed. It is especially important to have this vaccine if you are elderly or have chronic health problems such as diabetes, heart failure, kidney failure or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is also recommended for young children over 6 months of age.

This vaccine can cause mild side effects, but it is better to get vaccinated than to become infected with flu. Influenza causes thousands of deaths each year. The most common side effects include headache, weakness, tiredness, and pain or swelling at the site of the injection. They do not normally last very long. Consult your doctor if any of the side effects persist or worry you.

Before having the injection, you should tell your doctor if you have an illness with a high temperature or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to a vaccine. Some other medicines may react with the flu vaccine so talk to your doctor about other medications you are taking as well. As with any vaccine, this treatment may not fully protect everybody, although it will reduce the symptoms of the flu if you get it. It will not prevent illness from avian flu (bird flu) or a common cold. Consult your doctor first if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Uses of Influgen Vaccine

Side effects of Influgen Vaccine

Common
  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Injection site allergic reaction

How to use Influgen Vaccine

Your doctor or nurse will give you this medicine. Kindly do not self administer.

How Influgen Vaccine works

Influgen Vaccine is an inactivated vaccine (made from a dead virus). It helps develop immunity by forming antibodies, which are proteins that protect against infection caused by viruses present in the vaccine.

Safety Advice

Alcohol
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
It is not known whether it is safe to consume alcohol with Influgen Vaccine. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Influgen Vaccine is generally considered safe to use during pregnancy. Animal studies have shown low or no adverse effects to the developing baby; however, there are limited human studies.
Breastfeeding
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Information regarding the use of Influgen Vaccine during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
SAFE
Influgen Vaccine does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Influgen Vaccine in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Influgen Vaccine in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Influgen Vaccine?

If you miss a dose of Influgen Vaccine, please consult your doctor.

Alternate Brands

For informational purposes only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicines.
No alternate brands found for this medicine

Quick Tips

  • Your doctor will inject Influgen Vaccine as an injection in the muscle of the upper arm.
  • Vaccination should be repeated every year to protect you from the flu.
  • It can take up to 2 weeks for the vaccine to work. Therefore, you could still develop the illness if you are exposed to flu immediately before or after your vaccination.
  • The vaccine will not protect you against common cold, even though some of the symptoms are similar to flu.

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Influgen with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
Brand(s): Healgraft, Graftidem, Mycocel S
LIFE-THREATENING
Brand(s): Thioprinz, Lazorin, Azarid
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Oncomide, Cyclomet, Cyphos
SERIOUS
Brand(s): Empurine
SERIOUS

Patient Concerns

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Before winter starts, I wanted me and my family to take Swine flu vaccine. Can you please recommend any such vaccine. One of my friends has take Lupin Influgen. Please advise and if you can issue a prescription so that I can order from 1mg.com
Dr. Sfurti Mann
Internal Medicine
No I can not prescribe vaccines online
Important vaccine for my baby of 6 months old.
Dr. Gopal Samdani
Paediatrics
At 6mths influenza and Hepatitis b 3rd dose are due
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FAQs

Q. When should I get vaccinated against influenza or flu?

You can get vaccinated at anytime during the cold season. However, it is better to get vaccinated at the beginning of cold season. It is important to know that only one injection is required to protect you for a year.

Q. Who should get vaccinated against influenza?

Influgen is recommended for people with a high risk of developing influenza (flu). It is mainly given to adults over the age of 65, pregnant women, children under the age of 5, and patients having weak immunity due to chronic illness.

Q. Is Influgen helpful in preventing swine flu?

Yes, Influgen is used for the prevention of swine flu. Influgen contains a very small amount of the flu virus that is introduced in our body to promote the production of antibodies (chemicals that attack that specific virus), and help develop immunity against the virus infection in the future.
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References
  1. Fluarix Quadrivalent (Influenza Vaccine). Dresden, Germany: GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals; 2012 [revised Jul. 2019]. [Accessed 17 Jul. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
  2. Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO). [Accessed 03 Apr. 2019] (online) Available from:External Link
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