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Flu Vaccine (cont.)

Viral Strains and Producers of the Seasonal Flu Vaccines for 2015-2016

The following is the composition of the 2015-2016 vaccines as recommended by the FDA:

  • Trivalent formulation influenza vaccines for the U.S. 2015-2016 influenza season contain the following:
    • an A/California/7/2009 (H1N1)-like virus,
    • an A/Switzerland/9715293/2013 (H3N2)-like virus,
    • a B/Phuket/3073/2013-like virus.
  • The FDA also recommended that quadrivalent influenza vaccines contain the above three strains and the following additional B strain:
    • a B/Brisbane/60/2008-like virus.

The following is a list of the FDA-approved seasonal (2015-2016 flu season) vaccines and the companies that name and manufacture them as of August 2015:

FDA-Approved Seasonal Flu Vaccines (2015-2016)
ManufacturerTotal Number of Lots Released by FDA
AFLURIA -- bioCSL Pty. Ltd.53
Fluarix -- GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals0
Fluarix Quadrivalent -- GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals49
Flublok -- Protein Sciences Corporation4
Flucelvax -- Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, Inc.28
FluLaval -- ID Biomedical Corp. of Quebec0
FluLaval Quadrivalent -- ID Biomedical Corporation13
FluMist Quadrivalent -- MedImmune, LLC12
Fluvirin -- Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics Limited48
Fluzone -- Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.5
Fluzone High Dose -- Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.17
Fluzone Quadrivalent -- Sanofi Pasteur, Inc.39

Caregivers are strongly advised to read the package inserts to check for indications and contraindications before administering any type of vaccine, especially new vaccines, as sometimes the indications for use and contraindications change. Readers are advised to view an extensive table (
) that the CDC developed for each vaccine type and producer to describe the individual features of each vaccine. In addition, there are updates made occasionally about who should get what type of vaccine.

In August 2014, the FDA approved use of a jet injector for flu vaccination. The jet injector uses high-pressure fluid to penetrate the skin instead of a hypodermic needle and can be powered by gas or springs. A trivalent vaccine (Afluria) is used in the injector and can be used in people 18-64 years of age.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/15/2015

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