Brand Name(s): Afluria, Fluarix, FluLaval, Fluvirin, Fluzone
Generic Name(s): influenza virus vaccine
Drug Class: vaccine
Treats: influenza virus
Flushield is used to treat patients who may be at risk for influenza (flu), especially the elderly and young children. This drug is an injectable vaccine, usually administered in the muscle of the upper arm region. Typically, Flushield is administered September through November, just in time for flu season. A generic version is available.
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Flushield is a drug vaccine used to prevent infections caused by influenza virus. The flu is an infectious disease caused by the influenza virus. The flu is characterized by fever, cough, sore throat, body aches and fatigue. The flu is a relatively common illness that infects more than 3 million cases in the U.S. annually. In some cases, it can be deadly.
Flushield works by exposing the patient to a small dose of the virus that helps the body to build immunity. Note that if you already have the flu, the vaccine will not treat the condition. Therefore, if the patient's condition worsens, they should contact their doctor.
Flushield dosage is completely dependent on the individual who takes it as it can be used for a variety of different treatments. Flushield should be administered every year for maximum benefit.
- Adult: Usually this vaccine is administered by your doctor or medical professional in a clinic setting. Your doctor may also prescribe a pain reliever when the shot is administered.
Flushield Side Effects
Flushield, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each who uses it. If you experience any severe side effects, consult your doctor or medical professional immediately.
Common Flushield Effects:
- itching at the injection site
- muscle aches
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- severe weakness
- high fever
- unusual bleeding
Below you will find a list of Flushield drug and substance interactions. Consult with your doctor before taking any new medication.
Note that this list does not include a variety of over the counter drugs and vitamins that could also counteract and alter Flushield.
Notify your doctor if you have a current fever, history of immune system complications such as HIV infection or cancer treatment, allergic to chicken or egg products, have an active or uncontrolled neurologic disorder, history of Guillain-Barre syndrome or have a weak immune system due to disease or bone marrow transplant. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, notify your doctor before taking this medication as it may pose some risk to the developing fetus or toddler.
Drugs that interact with Flushield:
- oral, nasal, inhale or injectable steroid medicine
- medicines to treat psoriasis, rheumatoid arthritis