Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

Patient Leaflet Updated 13-Sep-2021 | Seqirus UK Limited

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

Package leaflet: Information for the user

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe

Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

▼This medicine is subject to additional monitoring. This will allow quick identification of new safety information. You can help by reporting any side effects you may get. See the end of section 4 for how to report side effects.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you receive this medicine because it contains important information for you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet

1. What Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you receive Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1
3. How Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is given
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is and what it is used for

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is a vaccine against flu (influenza).

When a person is given the vaccine, the immune system (the body’s natural defence system) will produce its own protection against the influenza virus. None of the ingredients in the vaccine can cause flu.

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is used to prevent flu in elderly adults of 65 years of age and older.

The vaccine targets four strains of influenza virus following the recommendations by the World Health Organisation for the 2021/2022 season.

2. What you need to know before you receive Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

You should not receive Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

  • If you are allergic to
    • the active ingredients or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
    • egg or chicken proteins (such as ovalbumin), kanamycin and neomycin sulphate, formaldehyde, cetyltrimethylammonium bromide (CTAB) and hydrocortisone, which are trace residues from the manufacturing process.
  • If you have had a severe allergic reaction (e.g. anaphylaxis) to previous influenza vaccination.

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before receiving Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

BEFORE receiving the vaccine

Your doctor or nurse will make sure that appropriate medical treatment and supervision is readily available in case of a rare anaphylactic reaction (a very severe allergic reaction with symptoms such as difficulty in breathing, dizziness, a weak and rapid pulse and skin rash) following the administration. This reaction may occur with Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

  • as with all vaccines that are injected.
  • You should tell your doctor if you have an acute illness associated with fever. Your doctor may decide to delay your vaccination until your fever is gone.

You should tell your doctor if your immune system is impaired, or if you are undergoing treatment which affects the immune system, e.g. with medicine against cancer (chemotherapy) or corticosteroid medicines (see Section “Other medicines and Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1”).

  • You should tell your doctor if you have a bleeding problem or bruise easily.
  • Fainting can occur following, or even before, any needle injection, therefore tell the doctor or nurse if you fainted with a previous injection.

As with all vaccines, Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 may not fully protect all persons who are vaccinated.

Children

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is not recommended for use in children.

Other medicines and Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

Tell your doctor or nurse if you are using, have recently used or might use any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription or if you have recently received any other vaccine.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This vaccine is for use in elderly adults 65 years and older. It is not to be used in women who are, or may be, pregnant or breast-feeding.

Driving and using machines

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 has no or negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 contains potassium and sodium

This vaccine contains less than 1 mmol sodium (23 mg) per dose, i.e. essentially ‘sodium free’.

This vaccine contains potassium, less than 1 mmol (39 mg) per dose, i.e. essentially ‘potassium free’.

3. How Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is given

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is given by your doctor or nurse as an injection into the muscle at the top of the upper arm (deltoid muscle).

Adults of 65 years of age and older:

One dose of 0.5 ml

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

The following side effects have been reported during clinical trials in adults 65 years of age and older.

Mild side effects

Very common (may affect more than 1 in 10 people):

  • Pain at injection site
  • Fatigue
  • Headache

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):

  • Joint pain (arthralgia)
  • Muscular pain (myalgia)
  • Redness at injection site (erythema)
  • Hardening of the skin at injection site (induration)
  • Diarrhoea
  • Shivering
  • Nausea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Bruising at injection site (ecchymosis)
  • Flu-like symptoms

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):

  • Vomiting
  • Fever (≥ 38°C)

Most side effects were mild or moderate and went away within 3 days of appearing.

Next to the above side effects, the following side effects occurred occasionally during general use of another vaccine similar to Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1.

  • reduction in the number of certain types of particles in the blood called platelets; a low number of these can result in excessive bruising or bleeding (thrombocytopenia); swelling of the glands in the neck, armpit or groin (lymphadenopathy)
  • swelling, pain and redness at the injection site extending to more than 10 cm and lasting more than one week (Injection site cellulitis-like reaction)
  • extensive swelling of injected limb lasting more than one week.
  • allergic reactions:
    • sudden fall in blood pressure due to severe allergic reactions that in rare cases can lead to failure of the circulatory system to maintain adequate blood flow to the different organs (shock)
    • swelling most apparent in the head and neck, including the face, lips, tongue, throat or any other part of the body (angioedema)
  • muscular weakness
  • pain on the nerve path (neuralgia), unusual feeling of touch, pain, heat and cold (paraesthesia), fits (convulsions), neurological disorders that may result in stiff neck, confusion, numbness, pain and weakness of the limbs, loss of balance, loss of reflexes, paralysis of part or all the body (encephalomyelitis, neuritis, Guillain-Barré Syndrome)
  • skin reactions that may spread throughout the body including itchiness of the skin (pruritus, urticaria), rash
  • severe skin rash (erythema multiforme)
  • blood vessel swelling that may cause skin rashes (vasculitis) and temporary kidney problems

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your health care professional. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at website: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Store in a refrigerator (2 °C to 8 °C). Do not freeze. Discard if the vaccine has been frozen.

Keep the pre-filled syringe in the outer carton in order to protect from light.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 contains

  • The active substances are influenza virus surface antigens (haemagglutinin and neuraminidase), inactivated, of the following strains*:

per 0.5 ml dose

A/Victoria/2570/2019 (H1N1)pdm09-like strain (A/Victoria/2570/2019 IVR-215) 15 micrograms HA**

A/Cambodia/e0826360/2020 (H3N2)-like strain (A/Cambodia/e0826360/2020 IVR-224) 15 micrograms HA**

B/Washington/02/2019-like strain (B/Victoria/705/2018 BVR-11) 15 micrograms HA**

B/Phuket/3073/2013-like strain (B/Phuket/3073/2013 BVR-1B) 15 micrograms HA**

*propagated in fertilised hens’ eggs from healthy chicken flocks and adjuvanted with MF59C.1

**haemagglutinin

This vaccine complies with the WHO recommendations (Northern Hemisphere) and EU recommendation for the 2021/2022 season.

  • MF59C.1 is included in this vaccine as an adjuvant. Adjuvants are substances included in certain vaccines to accelerate, improve and/or prolong the protective effects of the vaccine. MF59C.1 is an adjuvant that contains per 0.5 ml dose: squalene (9.75 mg), polysorbate 80 (1.175 mg), sorbitan trioleate (1.175 mg), sodium citrate (0.66 mg) and citric acid (0.04 mg).
  • The other ingredients are sodium chloride, potassium chloride, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, disodium phosphate dihydrate, magnesium chloride hexahydrate, calcium chloride dihydrate and water for injections.

What Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1looks like and contents of the pack

Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is a suspension for injection in a pre-filled (ready to use) syringe. Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is a milky-white suspension. A single syringe contains 0.5 ml of suspension for injection. Adjuvanted Quadrivalent Influenza Vaccine (Surface Antigen, Inactivated) Seqirus suspension for injection in pre-filled syringe Influenza vaccine, Adjuvanted with MF59C.1 is available in packs containing 1 or 10 pre-filled syringes with or without needles.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

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Seqirus Vaccines Limited
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Speke
Liverpool
L24 9GR
United Kingdom

This leaflet was last revised in 07/09/2021.

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