2013-14 Flu Vaccine Information

September 7, 2013

2013 – 2014 Flu Vaccine Information


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 2013-2014 flu vaccine includes influenza A(H1N1), A(H3N2) & 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.
For CDC flu vaccine information: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/flu-season-2013-2014.htm


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
https://www.merckvaccines.com/vaccineInfo_frmst.html

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
https://www.merckvaccines.com/vaccineInfo_frmst.html

FLUARIX ® GSK
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
https://www.gsksource.com/fluarix

FLULAVAL GSK
5-mL multi-dose vials containing 10 doses (each dose is 0.5 mL)
The rubber tip cap and plunger used for the preservative-free, single-dose syringes and the rubber stoppers used for the multi-dose vial were not made with natural rubber latex. 
GlaxoSmithKline 1-888-825-5249
https://www.gsksource.com/gskprm/htdocs/documents/FLULAVAL.PDF
http://www.gsk.com/products/our-consumer-healthcare-products

FLUVIRIN® Novartis Vaccines
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® Novartis Vaccines
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® Sanofi Pasteur Inc.
Fluzone is supplied in 4 presentations: No presentation of Fluzone is made with natural rubber latex.
-Prefilled syringe (pink syringe plunger rod), 0.25 mL, for persons 6 months through 35 months of age. Single-dose, prefilled syringe, without needle, 0.25 mL, package of 10 (does not contain latex).
-Prefilled syringe (clear syringe plunger rod), 0.5 mL, for persons 36 months of age and older. Single-dose, prefilled syringe, without needle, 0.5 mL, package of 10 (does not contain latex).
-Single-dose vial, 0.5 mL, for persons 36 months of age and older. Single-dose vial, 0.5 mL, package of 10 (does not contain latex).
-Multi-dose vial, 5 mL, for persons 6 months of age and older. Multi-dose vial, 5 mL, package of one (does not contain latex). The vial contains ten 0.5 mL doses. 
https://www.vaccineshoppe.com/image.cfm?image_type=product_pdf&pi=flu

FLUBLOK® Protein Sciences Corporation
0.5mL single dose vials; The stoppers used for the single-dose vials do not contain latex.
http://www.flublok.com/FlublokInsert.pdf
http://www.flublok.com/

FLUMIST® Quadrivalent
Live intranasal, pre-filled, single-use sprayer
FluMist is supplied in a package of 10 pre-filled, single-dose (0.2 mL) intranasal sprayers. The single-use intranasal sprayer contains no natural rubber latex.
https://www.flumistquadrivalent.com/consumer/is_flumist_new.html
http://www.medimmune.com/docs/default-source/default-document-library/product-and-patient-information-for-flumist-quadrivalent.pdf?sfvrsn=0