Every year, a shocking 5% to 20% of the American population contract the Influenza virus.
Even worse, more than 200,000 people will be hospitalized from flu-related complications. What can we do to avoid becoming a part of this rapidly growing statistic? Although Afluria isn’t guaranteed to “keep the doctor away” here are some results of its recent impact on society. The vaccine worked the best among children aged 6 months to 8 years, at 61%, and the least among individuals aged 18 to 49 years, at 19%. For people aged 65 years or older its effectiveness stood at 25%. Why did I choose Afluria? Looking at the list of my options; the name caught my eye as something that might be interesting to learn more about. After doing some research I found that Afluria is a vaccine that prevents against the flu. I thought that this was ironic since I need the flu shot to go on clinical rotations and not have to wear a mask the entire time. This research has proved to be very informative in my endeavors to learn more about preventing influenza and seeing if this vaccine might be an option for me. Therapeutically classified as a viral vaccine, Afluria is manufactured by Seqirus. Its pregnancy risk category is class C. This vaccine is inactive meaning that it is a virus that is not live. It’s brand names include: Afluria, Fluad, Fluarix, Flublok, Flucelvax, FluLaval Quadrivalent, Fluvirin, and Fluzone. Its generic name is influenza virus vaccine. This vaccine is used to prevent