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Vaxigrip Adult Injection

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Store in a refrigerator (2 - 8°C). Do not freeze.

Overview

Introduction

Vaxigrip Adult Injection 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.

Vaxigrip Adult Injection 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 Vaxigrip Injection

Benefits of Vaxigrip Injection

In Prevention of Influenza (flu)

Influenza (flu) is a viral infection that attacks your respiratory system (nose, throat, and lungs). For most people, it gets better on its own. However, for people who are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill such as elderly, young children, pregnant women, people with chronic long-term conditions (such as asthma, heart disease, and diabetes), people with weakened immune systems and residents of a nursing home should have the influenza vaccine (by injection) to provide protection.

Because the flu virus changes quickly and new strains appear regularly, a new vaccination is needed every year (even though you may have antibodies to a previous version). It is never 100% effective and some strains will be immune, but it is still your best defense against influenza and will reduce the seriousness of the illness if you get it. Influenza can be a serious illness and kills a large number of people every year. So, you should ask about this vaccine if you feel you are vulnerable.

Side effects of Vaxigrip Injection

Most side effects do not require any medical attention and disappear as your body adjusts to the medicine. Consult your doctor if they persist or if you’re worried about them

Common side effects of Vaxigrip

  • Headache
  • Weakness
  • Injection site allergic reaction

How to cope with side effects?

The occurrence of side effects varies from person to person. The following are a few ways of dealing with some of the common side effects. However, consult your doctor if these persist.

  • Coping with Headache
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Rest in a quiet, dimly lit room. Do not sleep more than you normally would. Do not strain your eyes (for example by looking at a screen). Do not drink alcohol. Headaches are usually temporary and usually go away with time. But, if they last longer or get worse, ask your doctor to recommend a painkiller.
  • Coping with Weakness
    Make sure you rest and drink plenty of fluids. Eat a well-balanced diet to keep your energy levels up. Do not drink too much alcohol. Do not drive or use tools or machinery until you feel better. Other things that can help include doing some gentle exercise every day, prioritizing and pacing your activities and having a short nap if you need to. If you are still having problems after a week, speak to your doctor, as they may want to change you to a different type of medicine.
  • Coping with Injection site allergic reaction
    Try to change the area of injection and the exact site of injection each time. Apply a cold compress to the injection site. These symptoms are usually mild and should only last a few hours. You can ask your doctor to recommend a medicine if it is bothering you.

How to use Vaxigrip Injection

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

How Vaxigrip Injection works

Vaxigrip Adult Injection 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 Vaxigrip Adult Injection. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Vaxigrip Adult Injection 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 Vaxigrip Adult Injection during breastfeeding is not available. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
SAFE
Vaxigrip Adult Injection does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Vaxigrip Adult Injection in patients with kidney disease. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
There is limited information available on the use of Vaxigrip Adult Injection in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.

What if you forget to take Vaxigrip Injection?

If you miss a dose of Vaxigrip Adult Injection, please consult your doctor.

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Quick Tips

  • Your doctor will inject Vaxigrip Adult Injection 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.

Fact Box

Chemical Class
Vaccines
Habit Forming
No

Interaction with Drugs

Taking Vaxigrip with any of the following medicines can modify the effect of either of them and cause some undesirable side effects
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Patient Concerns

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I m pregnent for 7 month,My doctor prefer me vaxigrip,Please u tell why r use vaxigrip
Dr. Sonu Balhara Ahlawat
Obstetrics and Gynaecology
I don't know about this tablet Kindly provide Pharma name
My daughter is 9 month old and I want vaacine of flu.plz suggest which va?cine will be best for baby.10 day before she was suffering from measles.
Dr. Amit Modi
Paediatrics
Vaxigrip is available in indian market. 2 doses are required at a gap of a month.
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FAQs

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

You can get vaccinated at any time during the cold season. However, it is better to get vaccinated at the beginning of the 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?

Vaxigrip is recommended for people who are at 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 Vaxigrip helpful in preventing swine flu?

Yes, Vaxigrip is used to prevent symptoms of swine flu. Vaxigrip contains a very small amount of the flu virus which is introduced in our body to promote the production of antibodies (chemicals that attack that specific virus). This helps to 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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