(nasal spray, suspension influenza
vaccine (live attenuated, nasal))

Part Four

Administration

How to administer FluenzTM Tetra

Fluenz Tetra is administered as a nasal spray; it must not be injected.

Step 1 — Check vaccine

Before vaccine is administered:

    Check its appearance

  • This can vary, but should
    fit the following description:
    colourless to pale yellow,
    clear to opalescent suspension
    with or without small
    white particles

    Check the expiry date

  • Please remember Fluenz Tetra
    has a maximum shelf life of 18 weeks.
    Always check the expiry date
    (day, month, year) on individual sprayers before administration. Discard any unused vaccine at the end of the vaccination season to prevent use of expired vaccine.
Can I administer
the vaccine?
 

Can I administer this vaccine?

Severely immunosuppressed people should not administer the vaccine as the risk of infection from the environment, while expected to be low, is unknown.1

Other healthcare workers who have less severe immunosuppression or are pregnant should follow normal clinical practice to avoid inhaling the vaccine and ensure that they themselves are appropriately vaccinated.1

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References

The content in this e-learning module is based on the
Summary of Product Characteristics for Fluenz Tetra
unless otherwise referenced

  1. CDC Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Nasal-Spray Flu Vaccine (Live Attenuated Influenza Vaccine [LAIV]) Questions and Answers. August 2012.

The content in this e-learning module is based on the
Summary of Product Characteristics for Fluenz Tetra
unless otherwise referenced

  1. Department of Health. Immunisation Against Infectious Disease. (The Green Book.) Chapter 19: Influenza. London: The Stationery Office. April 2019. https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/796886
    /GreenBook_Chapter_19_Influenza_April_2019.pdf
    .