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Flumist Quadrivalent Side Effects

What should I watch for?

Report any side effects to your doctor right away.

After receiving this vaccine, stay away from people who have severe immune system problems for 7 days. You may give them the flu.

Remember that this vaccine lowers your risk of getting the flu. You can get a milder flu infection if you are around others with the flu. The flu vaccine will not protect against colds or other illnesses. A yearly vaccination is recommended. Ask your health care professional about immunization for other family members.

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Common and Rare Side Effects

In 1976, a number of people who received the “swine fluinfluenza vaccine developed Guillain-Barré syndrome (GBS), which is a disease that may cause paralysis. Most of these people were over 25 years of age. Although only 10 out of every one million people who received the vaccine actually developed GBS, this number was 6 times higher than would normally have been expected. Most of the people who got GBS recovered completely.

It is assumed that the “swine flu” virus included in the 1976 vaccine caused the problem, but this has not been proven. Since that time, the “swine flu” virus has not been used in influenza vaccines, and there has been no recurrence of GBS that was associated with influenza vaccinations.

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

Chills

cough

decreased appetite

fever

headache

muscle aches

sore throat

stuffy or runny nose

tiredness or weakness

Less common

Earache

pain or tenderness around the eyes and cheekbones

redness or swelling in the ear

shortness of breath or troubled breathing

sneezing

tightness of the chest or wheezing

Rare

Difficulty with breathing or swallowing

hives

itching, especially of the feet or hands

reddening of the skin, especially around the ears

swelling of the eyes, face, or inside of the nose

unusual tiredness or weakness (sudden and severe)

Incidence not known

Anxiety

bloody nose

blue or pale skin

chest pain, possibly moving to the left arm, neck, or shoulder

confusion

diarrhea

dizziness

drowsiness

fast heartbeat

general feeling of illness

hoarseness

inability to move the arms and legs

irritation

itching

joint pain, stiffness, or swelling

nausea

puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue

severe headache

skin rash

stiff neck and/or back

sudden numbness and weakness in the arms and legs

swelling or puffiness of the face

unusual drowsiness, dullness, tiredness, weakness, or feeling of sluggishness

unusual tiredness or weakness

vomiting

weakness of the muscles in your face

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

Abdominal or stomach pain

irritability

loss of appetite

Incidence not known

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Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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