INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable)


fluvirin and pneumococal shot

I just got the Fluvirin 80961 injection.  Is it recommended to also get a pheumococal injection as well?
by Donna Jenkins in US, 10/19/2007

INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) Drug and Prescription Information

INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable)

INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) Medication Classification


INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) Brandname

Fluzone, Fluzone Preservative-Free Pediatric, Fluvirin, Flushield

INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) is used for the Treatment

Influenza Virus Vaccine (in-floo-EN-za VYE-rus vak-SEEN) Prevents infection caused by influenza viruses (the flu).

When To Not Use INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable)

You should not receive this vaccine if you have had an allergic reaction to any flu shot, or if you are allergic to eggs. you should not receive this vaccine if you have ever had Guillain-Barre syndrome, if you have a severe illness with fever, or if you have lung disease. This vaccine is not recommended for babies younger than 6 months of age.

How Should You Use INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable)


  • This medicine is given as a shot into one of your muscles. A flu shot is given once every year, between October and November. The influenza vaccine must be repeated each year to protect you from the flu.

Proper INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) Storage

Store INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Influenza vaccine should not be given within 3 days of a pertussis ("whooping cough") vaccine (such as DTP).
  • Before you receive this vaccine, make sure the nurse knows if you are using blood thinners (Coumadin®), theophylline, or medicine for seizures (such as Depakote®, Dilantin®, Keppra™, Tegretol®).
  • This vaccine may not work as well if you receive it while you are also using cancer medicines or steroids (such as prednisone). However, your doctor may still want you to get the shot.

INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) Warnings

  • Before you receive this vaccine, make sure the nurse knows if you have HIV or AIDS, or if you have ever had a mild but unusual reaction (such as a skin rash), after receiving a flu shot.
  • The side effects of influenza vaccine are more common in infants and children.

INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE (Injection) (Injectable) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in face or hands, swelling or tingling in the mouth or throat, tightness in chest, trouble breathing
  • Fever over 103 degrees F
  • Severe muscle pain or weakness
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Redness, tenderness, or a small lump where the shot was given
  • Mild fever