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Afluria® Quad vaccine helps prevent influenza, often called “the flu”. Influenza is caused by infection with specific influenza viruses. New types of influenza viruses can appear each year. Afluria® Quad vaccine contains fragments of four different types of influenza virus. Each year the Australian Influenza Vaccine Committee decides which four types of viruses are most suitable to include in the vaccine.
The virus in the vaccine has been killed. Therefore the vaccine cannot give you or your child “the flu”.
Note: the vaccine will not protect you or your child from the other influenza viruses that Afluria® Quad vaccine does not contain.
Afluria® Quad vaccine is a prescription only medicine. This year (2020) the viruses are A/Brisbane/02/2018 (H1N1)pdm09 – like virus, A/South Australia/34/2019 (H3N2) – like virus, B/Washington/02/2019 and B/Phuket/3073/2013 – like virus.
Vaccination against influenza is recommended every year, for anyone wanting to lower their chance of catching influenza.Afluria® Quad
vaccine works by causing your body to protect itself against infection by the influenza viruses, types A and B, that are in the vaccine. The vaccine stimulates the body to make substances, called antibodies. Antibodies fight the influenza virus. If you have been vaccinated, when you come into contact with the influenza viruses in the vaccine, your body is usually able quickly to destroy the virus. This prevents you from getting influenza.
Your body takes a few weeks after vaccination to fully develop protection against the influenza virus.
Protection against influenza generally requires one dose of Afluria® Quad
vaccine. Some people including children who have not received influenza vaccination before may require two doses.
Most people make satisfactory antibodies against the influenza virus. However, as with all vaccines, 100% protection cannot be guaranteed.
The chance of having a severe unwanted reaction after having Afluria® Quad
vaccine is very small. Whereas, the risks of not being vaccinated against influenza may be very serious.