The following is part of the package insert designed specifically for consumers from GlaxoSmithKline, the manufacturer of the vaccine. This is a summary, and will not tell you everything about Arepanrix, the H1N1 vaccine. Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about the vaccine.
Note: Because the vaccine does not contain the live virus, you cannot get the flu from this vaccine. Most side effects are expected to be mild, will not last long, and will go away on their own.
-The vaccine is not recommended for infants under 6 months of age.
-People with bleeding disorders or who are taking medication that could affect blood clotting should talk with their doctor before receiving the vaccine.
Do not get the vaccine if you have a serious allergy to:
- eggs, egg products or chicken proteins
- Other influenza vaccinations
- Any ingredient of this vaccine
Delay receiving the H1N1 vaccine in the following situations:
- anyone with a moderate to severe acute illness with fever should usually wait until the symptoms subside
- people with a minor illness (eg: cold) with/without a fever should still get the vaccine.
- individuals with an evolving neurologic disorder, until the disease process has been stabilized.