- It is used to prevent the flu.
- If your child has an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
- If your child is allergic to any drugs like this one or any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell the doctor about the allergy and what signs your child had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- Do not give to children and teenagers who are taking aspirin due to the chance of Reye’s syndrome. Reye’s syndrome causes very bad problems to the brain and liver. Children and teenagers must not be given aspirin for 4 weeks after getting this drug unless the doctor says otherwise.
- Tell all of your child’s health care providers that your child is taking this drug. This includes your child’s doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- This drug may not protect all people who use it. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug is not a cure for the flu. It must be given before your child is exposed to the flu in order to work. Most of the time, it takes a few weeks for this drug to work.
- This drug only protects your child for 1 flu season. Your child will need to get the flu vaccine each year.
- If your child will be in close contact with someone who has a weak immune system, talk with the doctor. Your child may need to avoid contact with certain people who have a weak immune system for some time after he/she gets this drug.
- Wheezing has happened after this drug was given. The chance may be raised in children younger than 5 years of age who have wheezing. The chance may also be raised in people of any age who have asthma. Talk with the doctor.
- This drug is not approved for use in children younger than 2 years of age. The chance of bad wheezing and the need to be treated in a hospital is raised in these children. Talk with the doctor.
- Some children may need to have more than 1 dose of this vaccine. Talk with your child’s doctor.
If your child is pregnant or breast-feeding a baby:
- Talk with the doctor if your child is pregnant, becomes pregnant, or is breast-feeding a baby. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Runny nose.
- Stuffy nose.
- Muscle pain.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- Not hungry.
- Sore throat.
- Feeling fussy.
- For the nose only.
- Your child’s doctor will give this drug.
- Call your child’s doctor to find out what to do.
- If you need to store this drug at home, talk with your child’s doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
- If your child’s symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your child’s doctor.
- Do not share your child’s drug with others and do not give anyone else’s drug to your child.
- Keep a list of all your child’s drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child’s doctor.
- Talk with your child’s doctor before giving your child any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.