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Fluvax (Influenza virus vaccine)

What is the Fluvax® vaccine?

The Fluvax® vaccine is designed to prevent influenza, commonly known as "the flu." Influenza is caused by specific viruses, and new strains can emerge each year. The vaccine contains components from three distinct types of influenza viruses, selected annually by the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee and the New Zealand Ministry of Health. These authorities determine the most appropriate virus types to include in the vaccine. Importantly, the viruses in the vaccine are inactivated, meaning the vaccine cannot cause influenza in individuals who receive it.

When is it recommended to use Fluvax®?

Fluvax® vaccination is recommended annually for anyone seeking to reduce their risk of contracting influenza.

How does the Fluvax® vaccine work?

The Fluvax® vaccine prompts the body to defend itself against infection by the influenza viruses included in the vaccine. It stimulates the production of antibodies, which are substances that fight the influenza virus. After vaccination, the body can swiftly eliminate the virus upon exposure, preventing the development of influenza.

Full protection against the influenza virus takes a few weeks to develop after vaccination, and typically, one dose of Fluvax® is sufficient. In some cases, a follow-up (booster) dose may be administered, as determined by a healthcare professional. While most individuals generate effective antibodies, it's essential to acknowledge that, like all vaccines, complete protection is not guaranteed.

What are some of the side effects associated with the Fluvax® vaccine?

Some of the common side effects associated with the Fluvax® vaccine are:

  • Allergic reaction at the injection site such as tenderness or bruising.
  • Flu-like symptoms such as headache, runny nose, sore throat.
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhoea

The risk of experiencing a severe adverse reaction to the Fluvax® vaccine is very low. Conversely, the potential consequences of not getting vaccinated against influenza can be quite serious.