The U.S. Centers for Disease Control now recommends the vaccination for nearly everyone 6 months or older at the beginning of each flu season.
The World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention select the flu viruses for each year’s vaccines based on the circulating flu viruses during the Southern Hemisphere’s flu season, which occurs before the Northern Hemisphere’s flu season.
FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT has been standardized according to U.S. Public Health Service (USPHS) requirements for the 2019-2020 influenza season and is formulated to contain 60 micrograms (mcg) hemagglutinin (HA) per 0.5-mL dose, in the recommended ratio of 15 mcg HA of each of the following 4 influenza virus strains (2 A strains and 2 B strains):
FLUARIX QUADRIVALENT does not contain thimerosal or latex. There may be small amounts of egg protein so this vaccine is not for people with egg allergies, history of anaphylaxis, or if there are any particular concerns, (they should receive Flublok trivalent vaccine instead; see below).
Two other types of flu vaccines are available:
Sanofi High Dose inactivated trivalent vaccine for individuals over the age of 65. The high dose vaccine does not contain latex or thimerosal, but does have traces of egg protein. For individuals over 65, this vaccine might offer better protection against the strains that it covers, but it covers only three strains, as compared to four for Fluarix quadrivalent. The incidence of minor side effects WHO and CDC consider either vaccine to be acceptable.
Flublok quadrivalent vaccine for individuals with egg/egg-protein allergies. The Flublok vaccine does not contain latex or thimerosal.
UCLA Health’s community flu-shot clinics help protect residents during flu season by offering vaccinations for adults and children ages 5 years and older. The shots are $40, if not covered by insurance. Standard or high-dose vaccines are available at no cost to members of the UCLA Health 50-Plus program at participating UCLA locations below or at any MinuteClinic inside select CVS Pharmacy locations in Southern California. A 50-Plus membership card is needed at UCLA locations. A voucher is necessary for MinuteClinics. To obtain a voucher or join the 50-Plus program, call 800-516-5323.
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The annual flu vaccine is particularly important for those who are most likely to develop serious and potentially fatal complications from the flu, including anyone 65 or older; people with medical conditions, such as asthma, diabetes and chronic lung disease; pregnant women; and those who live with or provide care for these individuals.
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