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Navigating Through Flu Season: A Closer Look at Fluad Quad, Flucelvax Quad, and Influvac Tetra

March 25, 2024

Navigating Through Flu Season: A Closer Look at Fluad Quad, Flucelvax Quad, and Influvac Tetra

As flu season gets closer, picking the right vaccine is crucial for keeping ourselves healthy. There are three main flu vaccines you might hear about: Fluad Quad, Flucelvax Quad, and Influvac Tetra. Each one has its own way of preventing the flu and fits different needs. We’ll explore what makes each of them special and how to choose the best one for you in this blog post.

Fluad Quad

What is it?

Fluad Quad is an adjuvanted quadrivalent influenza vaccine. The term “quadrivalent” means it is designed to protect against four different flu viruses: two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. What sets Fluad Quad apart is its use of an adjuvant – a substance that enhances the body’s immune response to the vaccine.

Who is it for?

This vaccine is primarily recommended for seniors aged 65 and above. The adjuvant in Fluad Quad helps to stimulate a stronger immune response, which is beneficial as older adults may have a weaker response to flu vaccines.

Benefits:

– Enhanced Immune Response: The adjuvant helps those with weaker immune systems develop a stronger defense against the flu.
– Comprehensive Protection: Protects against four strains of the flu virus.

Flucelvax Quad

What is it?

Flucelvax Quad, also a quadrivalent influenza vaccine, is distinct for being the first cell-based flu vaccine. Unlike traditional flu vaccines that are grown in eggs, Flucelvax Quad is produced using cell culture technology which may result in a better match against circulating flu viruses.

Who is it for?

It is approved for use for anyone 6months of age and older, making it a suitable option for a broad age group.

Benefits:

– Cell-based Production: May offer a closer match to circulating viruses, potentially increasing its effectiveness.
– Egg-Free: it’s an increasingly popular ethical choice due to no eggs needed for the manufacture and disposal.
– Wide Age Approval: Suitable for both children and adults, providing versatile protection.

Influvac Tetra

What is it?

Influvac Tetra is another quadrivalent influenza vaccine designed to protect against four strains of the flu virus. It is produced in eggs, similar to traditional flu vaccines, but with advanced purification and production techniques to ensure safety and efficacy.

Who is it for?

Influvac Tetra is approved for individuals aged 6months and older, offering a wide coverage for families and individuals seeking protection against the flu.

Benefits:

– Fully Funded: Free for those aged 65+ years OR under 65 who are most at risk of becoming very sick from flu. If you do not qualify there will be a charge associated to this.
Wide Coverage: Protects against four strains of the influenza virus.
Availability: Broadly available and suitable for various age groups starting from 6months of age.
Traditional Approach: Uses a proven, traditional method of vaccine production which has a long history of effectiveness.

Conclusion

Choosing the right flu vaccine is crucial for effective protection during the flu season. Whether you opt for the enhanced immune response of Fluad Quad, the cell-based innovation of Flucelvax Quad, or the broad coverage and traditional approach of Influvac Tetra, each vaccine offers its unique benefits. Consult with a healthcare provider to determine which vaccine is the best fit for you and your loved ones.

Remember, the best flu vaccine is the one that is administered. Protecting yourself against the flu is a key step in maintaining your health, especially during flu season.

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