COMMUNICABLE CONTROL DISEASE BRANCH
- Please immediately bring to the attention of all doctors -
Date: 20/04/2018     Contact telephone number: 1300 232 272  (24 hours/7 days)

 

Fluad® influenza vaccine and risk to latex sensitive individuals

There are two trivalent influenza vaccines available through the 2018 National Influenza
Program for those aged 65 years and over: Fluad® (Seqirus) and Fluzone® (Sanofi
PasteurTM).

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) have confirmed the presence of natural
rubber latex in the needle sheath of the trivalent influenza vaccine Fluad® and have
advised that anyone with a severe allergy to latex should not receive Fluad®.

In addition to this, as a precautionary measure, SA Health is advising that anyone with a
known sensitivity or allergy to latex should not receive Fluad®.

There are no safety concerns regarding the Fluad® vaccine itself.

Fluzone® is latex free and can be used as alternative for those aged 65 years and over.

Immunisation providers are advised to:

  • Assess the allergy status of all individuals prior to the administration of any vaccine.
  • Do not use Fluad® vaccine in individuals known to be sensitive or allergic to latex.
  • Use Fluzone® in those aged 65 years and over who are known to be sensitive orallergic to latex.
  • Confirm with patients they do not have a sensitivity or allergy to latex prior to theadministration of Fluad®.
  • As with all vaccinations, be prepared to treat immediate allergic reactions, includingpotential anaphylaxis.

Further information is available from the TGA safety alert: Fluad trivalent influenzavaccine (19 April 2018) available at http://www.tga.gov.au/current-year-alerts.

For all enquires please contact the Communicable Disease Control Branch, Immunisation Section on 1300 232 272.

For vaccination provider information see: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/immunisationprovider

For recent public health alerts see: www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/HealthAlerts
 

Dr Louise Flood – Acting Director, Communicable Disease Control Branch
For updated information on notifiable diseases in South Australia, visit:
www.sahealth.sa.gov.au/NotifiableDiseaseReporting
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