2008 – 2009 Flu Vaccine Information

August 22, 2008
2008 – 2009 Flu Vaccine

It’s nearly flu season again and time to start thinking about flu vaccines. Each year, we receive several queries about the latex content of the available vaccines. The information below was obtained from the manufacturers, and although it is accurate to the best of our knowledge, it should not be relied upon instead of your own research or advice from your physician. If in doubt, please check with the manufacturer.

Fluarix®
0.5 mL prefilled syringe (Tip-Lok syringe)
CONTAINS Natural Rubber Latex (tip cap & rubber plunger of the needleless syringe)
GlaxoSmithKline 1-888-825-5249
https://www.gsksource.com/gskprm/htdocs/documents/FLUARIX.PDF
http://www.gsksource.com/fluarixqiv

FluLaval™
10-dose multi-dose vial
DOES NOT contain Natural Rubber Latex
GlaxoSmithKline 1-888-825-5249
https://www.gsksource.com/gskprm/htdocs/documents/FLULAVAL.PDF https://www.gskvaccinesdirect.com/gsk/en/US/htdocs/products/FLULAVAL/index.htm

Fluvirin® 5 ml multi-dose vial
DOES NOT contain Natural Rubber Latex
Novartis 1-800-244-7668
http://www.fda.gov/CbER/label/fluvirinLB.pdf

Fluvirin®
0.5 ml prefilled syringe
DOES NOT contain Natural Rubber Latex
Novartis 1-800-244-7668
http://www.fda.gov/CbER/label/fluvirinLB.pdf

Fluzone® 5 ml vial
0.5 ml vial
0.5 ml prefilled syringe
0.25 ml prefilled syringe
All presentations of Fluzone vaccine are latex-free
Sanofi Pasteur 1-800-VACCINE
http://www.fluzone.com/?fa=protect/fluzone/about/safety

FluMist®
Live intranasal, pre-filled, single-use sprayer
DOES NOT indicate use of any Natural Rubber Latex
MedImmune 1-877-FLUMIST
http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/flumist_pi.pdf