Impact of the Flu

Learn important facts about the flu

The information on this site is meant to educate you about the seriousness of the flu. It's important to understand that getting a flu shot each year is your best defense against the flu. FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT® (Influenza Vaccine) is a flu shot for people aged 4 years and older that helps protect against 4 strains of the flu.1 And you can read more about FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT on this site.

In the meantime, try to add to your flu knowledge by taking our quiz.

THE FLU:

OR FACT

Click on your answer.

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1
Myth or Fact? An annual flu shot is the single best way to help protect yourself against the flu.2
2
Myth or Fact? If you get the flu even after receiving a flu shot, it may make your illness milder than if you had not gotten one at all.3
3
Myth or Fact? A flu shot can give you the flu.
4
Myth or Fact? It's important to get a flu shot every year because the strains circulating in the community may change every year.3
5
Myth or Fact? The very young and elderly and those with certain medical conditions like asthma, COPD, heart disease, or diabetes have a high risk of developing
flu-related 
complications if they get the flu.2,3
6
Myth or Fact? It's best to get your flu shot early in the season.2
7
Myth or Fact? The flu cannot be passed on to someone else before you know you're sick.

References: 1. FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT® (influenza vaccine) [package insert]. Holly Springs, NC: Seqirus Inc; 2016. 2. Key facts about influenza (flu) & flu vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/keyfacts.htm. Updated August 7, 2015. Accessed November 19, 2015. 3. Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm#give-me-flu. Updated October 2, 2015. Accessed November 19, 2015. 4. How flu spreads. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website.http://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/disease/spread.htm. Updated August 15, 2014. Accessed November 19, 2015.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT® (Influenza Vaccine)?

FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT is a vaccine that helps protect against influenza (flu). FLUCELVAX is for people aged 4 and older. Vaccination with FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT may not protect all people who receive the vaccine.

Who should not get FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT?

You should not get FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT if you have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

What is FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT® (Influenza Vaccine)?

FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT is a vaccine that helps protect against influenza (flu). FLUCELVAX is for people aged 4 and older. Vaccination with FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT may not protect all people who receive the vaccine.

Who should not get FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT?

You should not get FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT if you have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine.

Who may not be able to get FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT?

Tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after getting a flu shot
  • have ever fainted after receiving an injection

What if I have a weakened immune system?

Tell your healthcare provider if you have problems with your immune system, as your immune response to the vaccine may be less.

What are the most common side effects of FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT?

  • pain or redness where you got the shot
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • muscle aches
  • feeling unwell (malaise)

These are not all of the possible side effects of FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT. You can ask your healthcare provider for a complete list of possible side effects.

Ask your healthcare provider for advice about any side effects that concern you. You may report side effects to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS) by calling 1-800-822-7967 or by going to http://vaers.hhs.gov.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Seqirus at 1-855-358-8966 or VAERS at 1-800-822-7967 and http://vaers.hhs.gov.

Please see accompanying US full Prescribing Information for FLUCELVAX QUADRIVALENT.