Inactivated influenza 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.
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?
Influenza Injection is recommended for people who are at high risk of developing influenza (flu). It is mainly given to children as early as 6 months of age, pregnant women, adults upto the age of 64 years and patients having weak immunity due to chronic illness.
Q. Is Influenza Injection helpful in preventing swine flu?
Yes, Influenza Injection is used to prevent symptoms of swine flu. Influenza Injection 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.
Q. How do you store Influenza Injection?
Influenza Injection should be stored in a refrigerator at 2 - 8ºC (35-46ºF) until it is used. The temperature (2 to 8ºC) must be maintained even when transporting Influenza Injection.
Q. How is Influenza Injection supplied?
Influenza Injection is supplied as a suspension in a prefilled syringe with a plunger stopper and a tip cap with or without needles in various pack sizes.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 14th Jun 2022. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.