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Fluzone is the brand of flu vaccine approved for use in the US made by Sanofi Pasteur. It is available in the traditional IM flu shot and also a new ID (intradermal) form of flu vaccine that is now available in the 2011-2012 flu season in the US. In addition they make Fluzone High-Dose for use in the elderly and other who need a stronger dose for appropriate immune response. The IM formula can be used for infants 6 months old through all ages of adults. The Fluzone intradermal vaccine is licensed for use in the US for those aged 18 - 64 and includes flu vaccine for both Type A and Type B influenza viruses (including H1N1/09 in the 2011-2012 flu season). Fluzone uses formaldehyde during manufacturing.

Intradermal means "within the skin". It is administered with an ultra thin and short needle (90% smaller than IM needles) between the layers of the skin using what is called a microinjection system.


Fluzone, Fluzone High-Dose, and Fluzone Intradermal from Sanofi Pateur, Inc.:

Egg Protein, Formaldehyde or Formalin, Gelatin, Octoxinol-9 (Triton X-100), Thimerosal (only in multidose containers).

Sanofi Pasteur is making the ID vaccine also under the name Intanza or ID flu for the northern hemisphere outside the US. It is available in 40 countries during the 2011-2012 flu season, including Australia, Canada and some European Countries. In the Southern Hemisphere it is marketed under the name Instivac.

FluvirinFluvirin is an intramuscular (IM) form of flu vaccine made by Novartis and approved for use for those aged 4 and over. It is also trivalent and includes vaccine for the same three types of influenza for the 2011-2012 flu season. Fluvirin uses Neomycin and Polymyxin B during manufacturing instead of formaldehyde.


Fluvirin from Novartis:

Beta-Propiolactone , Egg Protein, Neomycin, Polymyxin B, Polyoxyethylene 9-10 Nonyl Phenol (Triton N-101, Octoxynol 9), Thimerosal (in the multidose containers), Thimerosal* (much smaller amounts in the single-dose syringes)

Both_Fluvirin_and_Fluzone:">Both Fluvirin and Fluzone:
  • Are trivalent vaccines (contain vaccine for 3 types of flu),
  • Contain no preservatives in single dose vials,
  • Are propagated in eggs, contain egg protein trace amounts (see more below in related links about egg content and egg Allergies),
  • Both have only traces of thimerosal and less mercury than a meal of fish.

Fluzone uses formaldehyde instead during manufacturing.

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Typical injected flu vaccines have been given parenterally only by the IM (intramuscular) administration route until the 2011-2012 season in the US when a new type of vaccine has been approved and added to the "arsenal". There is now an injection that is administered using an ID (intradermal) route.Fluzone comes in an ID preparation now. It is administered using an individual pre-loaded syringe called a micro-injection system that injects the vaccine using a tiny needle that is 90% smaller than the IM needle, and inserts the vaccine between layers of the skin. IM route vaccines are also still available, as well as the intranasal flu vaccine mist preparation.If you are interested in getting your vaccination using the ID Fluzone, call ahead to the location to be sure they will have that type of vaccine on hand and that you are a candidate for that form of vaccination.In the US, this is called Fluzone. In other locations in the Northern Hemisphere it goes by the brand name Instanza and in the Southern Hemisphere it is called Instivac.See the link to the CDC for more information in the related links section below.The injectable flu vaccines are given IM (intramuscular). There are also nasal mists available for most flu vaccines.The influenza vaccine comes in formulations for intramuscular injection, intradermal injection (new in 2011), and in a nasal mist spray.

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