2011-2012 Flu Vaccine Information

September 17, 2011

2011 – 2012 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 2011-2012 flu vaccine includes influenza A & B flu strain.  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.

Afluria®by CSL Biotherapies
0.5 mL preservative-free, single-dose, pre-filled syringe.
The rubber tip cap and plunger used for the preservative-free, single-dose syringes and the
rubber stoppers used for the multi-dose vial contain no latex.
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/a/afluria/afluria_pi.pdf
http://www.merckvaccines.com/Products/Pages/ProductHome.aspx

Afluria®, by CSL Biotherapies
5 mL multi-dose vial containing ten doses
The rubber tip cap and plunger used for the preservative-free, single-dose syringes and the
rubber stoppers used for the multi-dose vial contain no latex.
http://www.merck.com/product/usa/pi_circulars/a/afluria/afluria_pi.pdf
http://www.merckvaccines.com/Products/Pages/ProductHome.aspx

Fluarix®
0.5 mL prefilled syringe (Tip-Lok syringe)
Warning:The tip caps of the prefilled syringes may contain natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive individuals
The tip caps of the prefilled syringes may contain natural rubber latex. The rubber plungers do not contain latex.
GlaxoSmithKline 1-888-825-5249
https://www.gsksource.com/gskprm/htdocs/documents/FLUARIX.PDF
http://www.gsk.com/products/our-vaccines

FluLaval™
5-mL multi-dose vials containing 10 doses (each dose is 0.5 mL)
The vial stopper does not contain 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
The tip caps of the FLUVIRIN® prefilled syringes may contain natural rubber latex. The multidose vial stopper and the syringe stopper/plunger do not contain latex.

Novartis 1-800-244-7668
https://www.novartisvaccinesdirect.com/Fluvirin/FluvirinPrescribingInformation
https://www.novartisvaccinesdirect.com/Fluvirin/FluvirinSafety
https://www.novartisvaccinesdirect.com/Fluvirin/FluvirinAbout

Fluvirin®
0.5 ml prefilled syringe
Warning: The tip caps of the FLUVIRIN® prefilled syringes may contain natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive individuals.
The tip caps of the FLUVIRIN® prefilled syringes may contain natural rubber latex. The multidose vial stopper and the syringe stopper/plunger do not contain latex.

Novartis 1-800-244-7668
https://www.novartisvaccinesdirect.com/Fluvirin/FluvirinPrescribingInformation
https://www.novartisvaccinesdirect.com/Fluvirin/FluvirinSafety
https://www.novartisvaccinesdirect.com/Fluvirin/FluvirinAbout

Fluzone®
Fluzone (Influenza Virus Vaccine) Suspension for injection supplied in 4 presentations: prefilled syringe (pink plunger rod), 0.25 mL; prefilled syringe (clear plunger rod), 0.5 mL; single-dose vial, 0.5 mL; multi-dose vial, 5 mL.
Fluzone High-Dose (Influenza Virus Vaccine) Suspension for injection in prefilled syringe (gray plunger rod), 0.5 mL.
Fluzone Intradermal (Influenza Virus Vaccine) Suspension for injection in a prefilled microinjection system, 0.1 mL.
Warning:The tip caps of the prefilled syringes may contain natural rubber latex which may cause allergic reactions in latex sensitive individuals.
The prefilled syringe tip caps of Fluzone and Fluzone High-Dose may contain natural rubber latex. Vial presentations of Fluzone and the Fluzone
Intradermal microinjection system do not contain latex.
Fluzone
Single-dose, prefilled syringe, without needle, 0.25 mL, package of 10 (may contain latex) – NDC 49281-111-25.
Single-dose, prefilled syringe, without needle, 0.5 mL, package of 10 (may contain latex) – NDC 49281-011-50.
Single-dose vial, 0.5 mL, package of 10 (does not contain latex) – NDC 49281-011-10.
Multi-dose vial, 5 mL, package of one (does not contain latex). The vial contains ten 0.5 mL doses – NDC 49281-388-15.                                                                                                                        Fluzone High-Dose Single-dose, prefilled syringe, without needle, 0.5 mL, package of 10 (may contain latex) – NDC 49281-389-65.
Fluzone Intradermal  Single-dose prefilled microinjection system, 0.1 mL, package of 10 (does not contain latex) – NDC 49281-703-55.
https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?image_type=product_pdf&pi=flu

FluMist®
Live intranasal, pre-filled, single-use sprayer
FluMist is supplied for intranasal delivery in a package of 10 pre-filled, single-use sprayers. The single-use intranasal sprayer contains no latex.
MedImmune  1-877-FLUMIST
http://www.medimmune.com/pdf/products/flumist_pi.pdf