New Influenza Vaccine for People with Egg Allergies

72969667Flublock is a new trivalent influenza vaccine to be used in adults ages 18-49 approved by FDA in January 2013.  This June, Flublock was approved by the CDC Advisory Committee for the 2013-2014 influenza season. This vaccine is recommended for people 18-49 years old with any egg allergy of any severity.

What makes Flublock different is that is does not use the influenza virus or chicken eggs to make the vaccine.  It still follows all guidelines and processes to make the vaccine. 

Important aspects:

  • Shorter shelf-life for Flublock – 16 weeks from the production date vs. a June 30th date for all other influenza vaccines
  • Only for people 18-49 years old
  • Faster start up, so this can be beneficial with pandemics or vaccine shortage seasons
  • NOT recommended for people outside of age range or those with known allergic reactions to any component of the vaccine
  • Most common side effects are similar to other influenza vaccines:  pain at injection site, headache, fatigue, and muscle aches.

For more information on Flublock click here.

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