Food Allergies and the Pharmacy

Influenza Vaccine Chart 2014-2015

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Much thanks to Andrea Brookhart, PharmD and her colleagues, pharmacy residents MacKenzie VonCanon, PharmD and Hannah Kuhn, PharmD for allowing me to use their awesome chart! There is also a link to a printable version at the bottom of the page.  These are the vaccines that will be found at most local retail pharmacy locations.

I have provided information on Flucelvax and Flublok below the chart.

 

 

Flublok:

  • 100% egg free
  • Indicated for people 18 or older
  • Most common adverse reactions include: pain at injection site, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain
  • Does not contain any preservatives, gelatin, thimerosal (mercury derivative), antibiotics, or formaldehyde
  • Trivalent (covers three strains of influenza virus)
  • Latex free
  • Pregnancy Category B; not evaluated in nursing mothers
  • Safety and efficacy in pregnancy has not been established per package insert (even though it is listed as a pregnancy category B). Pregnant women who receive Flublok are to be registered in the Flublok pregnancy registry.
  • Warnings: Guillain-Barre syndrome w/in 6 weeks of previous vaccine
  • According to the website, Flublok is not available in all states (based on health provider ordering practices). Use this link to (hopefully) find a site close to you.
  • All information taken from the Flublok package insert

 

Flucelvax:

  • Indicated for people 18 or older
  • Tip caps of pre-filled syringes contain latex
  • Most common adverse reactions include: pain at injection site, headache, fatigue, and muscle pain
  • Does not contain preservatives or antibiotics
  • Trivalent (covers three strains of the influenza virus)
  • Virus is propagated in Madin Darby Canine Kidney cells (MDCK). For more information on how this works see my post Influenza Questions Answered
  • Warnings:  Guillain-Barre syndrome w/in 6 weeks of previous vaccine
  • Pregnancy Category B; not evaluated in nursing mothers
  • Flucelvax can be found only in select retail locations. Use this link to find a location near you.
  • All information taken from the Flucelvax package insert

 

Printable PDF:   Influenza Vaccine Chart 2014-2015

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Author: Tiffany PharmD Food Allergy Pharmacist

I am the sister of a milk protein allergy individual and the mother of a son who has multiple food allergies. E is ANA with eggs but also severely allergic to soy, peanuts, and tree nuts. I also happen to have a Doctorate in Pharmacy with experience in various pharmacy settings. I have informally advocated and educated pharmacists/pharmacy techs about food allergies and how those allergies come into play in a pharmacy setting for years. I finally decided to make that advocacy formal.

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