IDflu 15 microgram/strain suspension for injectionInfluenza vaccine (split virion, inactivated)

ATC Code
IDflu 15 microgram/strain suspension for injectionInfluenza vaccine (split virion, inactivated)

Manufacturer: Sanofi Pasteur S.A.

Admission country: United Kingdom

Pharmacological group Viral vaccines

All to know

Authorisation holder

Sanofi Pasteur S.A.

What is it and how is it used?

IDfluis a vaccine.
This vaccine is recommended to help to protect you against flu.
The vaccine may be administered to individuals of 60 years of age and over, especially in those who run an increased risk of associated complications.

When an injection of IDfluis given, the immune system (body's natural defences) will develop protection against flu infection.
IDflu will help to protect you against the three strains of virus contained in the vaccine, or other strains closely related to them. Full effect of the vaccine is generally achieved 2-3 weeks after the vaccination.

What do you have to consider before using it?

Do not use IDflu
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to:
  • The active substances or any of the other ingredients of IDflu listed in section 6 of this leaflet in the section "FURTHER INFORMATION",
  • To eggs, chicken proteins, neomycin, formaldehyde and octoxinol 9.
  • If you have an illness with fever or acute infection, the vaccination shall be postponed until after you have recovered.
Take special care with IDflu
  • You should tell your doctor before vaccination if you have a poor immune response (immunosuppression) due to disease or medicines, because the vaccine may not work very well in this case.
  • IDflu should under no circumstances be administered into a vein (intravascularly).
  • If, for any reason, you have a blood test within a few days following an influenza vaccination, please tell your doctor. Tests for HIV-1, hepatitis C virus and HTLV-1 may be affected.
Using other medicines
  • Other vaccines: IDflu can be given at the same time as other vaccines by using separate limbs. It should be noted that the side effects may be intensified.
  • Tell your doctor if you have been treated with medicines that may reduce your immune response such as corticosteroids (for example cortisone), medicines against cancer (chemotherapy), radiotherapy or other medicines affecting the immune system. In this case, the vaccine may not work very well.

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This vaccine is intended for individuals 60 years of age and over. Therefore, this information is not applicable.

Driving and using machines

No studies on the effects on the ability to drive and use machines have been performed. The vaccine is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or use machines.

How is it used?

IDflu is administered to you by your doctor or nurse.

Individuals 60 years of age and over receive one 0.1 ml dose.

IDflu is given as an injection into the upper layer of the skin (preferably the muscle of the upper arm).

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What are possible side effects?

Like all medicines, IDflu can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. During clinical trials, the following side effects were reported with the use of IDflu.

The frequency of possible side effects listed below is defined using the following convention: very common (affects more than 1 user in 10)
common (affects 1 to 10 users in 100)
uncommon (affects 1 to 10 users in 1,000)
rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
very rare (affects less than 1 user in 10,000)
not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data).

Very common

  • At the injection site: redness, hardness, swelling, itching and pain.
  • Headache and muscular pain.


  • Bruising at the injection site
  • Feeling generally unwell, fever (38.0°C or higher) and shivering.


  • Tiredness, joint pain and increased sweating.


  • Tingling or numbness, pain, loss of reflexes, paralysis on a nerve route, itching and rash.

The following side effects have been reported with other influenza vaccines:

  • temporary reduction in the number of blood particles called platelets which can result in bruising or bleeding, temporary swelling of the glands in the neck, armpit or groin
  • allergic reactions which can lead in rare cases:
  • to a failure of the circulatory system (shock) leading to medical emergency
  • to swollen face, tongue or pharynx, difficulty to swallow, hives and difficulties to breathe (angioedema)
  • pain located on the nerve route, convulsions associated with fever, nervous system disorders including inflammation of the brain or spinal cord, inflammation of nerves, or Guillain-Barré syndrome which causes extreme weakness and paralysis
  • vessel inflammation which may result in very rare cases in temporary kidney problems
  • skin reactions that may spread throughout the body including hives.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

You should see your doctor immediately if you experience symptoms of angioedema, such as:

  • swollen face, tongue or pharynx
  • difficulty to swallow
  • hives and difficulties to breathe.

How should it be stored?

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Do not use IDflu after the expiry date which is stated on the carton after EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Store in a refrigerator (2°C - 8°C). Do not freeze. Keep the syringe in the outer carton in order to protect from light.

Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

Further information

What IDflu contains

The active substances are Influenza virus (inactivated split) of the following strains*:

A/California/7/2009 (H1N1) ? derived strain used NYMC X-179A ?????.15 micrograms HA**

A/Perth/16/2009 (H3N2) ? like strain used NYMC X-187 derived from A/Victoria/210/2009

????????????????????????????????.15 micrograms HA**

B/Brisbane/60/2008 ????????????????????????15 micrograms HA**

Per 0.1 ml dose

propagated in fertilised hens eggs from healthy chicken flocks haemagglutinin

This vaccine complies with the WHO recommendations (Northern Hemisphere) and EU decision for the 2010/2011 season.

The other ingredients are: sodium chloride, potassium chloride, disodium phosphate dihydrate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate and water for injections.

What IDflu looks like and contents of the pack

The vaccine is a colourless and opalescent suspension.

IDflu is a suspension for injection in a pre-filled syringe of 0.1 ml with a Micro-Injection System in packs of 1, 10 or 20.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing Authorisation Holder: Sanofi Pasteur SA, 2, avenue Pont Pasteur, F-69007 Lyon, France.

Sanofi Pasteur - Parc Industriel d?Incarville - 27100 Val-de-Reuil - France
Sanofi Pasteur, Campus Mérieux ? 1541, avenue Marcel Mérieux ? 69280 Marcy l?Etoile - France

For any information about this medicine, please contact the local representative of the Marketing Authorisation Holder:

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  • As with all injectable vaccines, appropriate medical treatment and supervision should always be readily available in case of anaphylactic event following the administration of the vaccine.
  • The vaccine should be allowed to reach room temperature before use.
  • The vaccine should not be used if foreign particles are present in the suspension.
  • It is not necessary to shake the vaccine before use.
  • The Micro-Injection System for intradermal injection consists of a pre-filled syringe with a micro-needle (1.5 mm) and a needle shielding system. The needle shielding system is designed to cover the micro-needle after use.
Micro-Injection System

Micro-needle Finger pads Plunger Window Needle shield Needle cap Vaccine Flange

Please read the instruction before use

1 REMOVE NEEDLE CAP 2 HOLD MICRO-INJECTION SYSTEM BETWEEN THUMB MIDDLE FINGER Remove the needle cap from the Micro-Injection System. Hold the system by placing the thumb and middle finger only on the finger pads the index finger remains free. Do not purge air through the needle. Do not place fingers on the windows.

4 INJECT USING THE INDEX FINGER 3 INSERT NEEDLE RAPIDLY PERPENDICULAR TO THE SKIN Insert the needle perpendicular to the skin, in the region of the deltoid, in a short, quick movement. Once the micro-needle has been inserted, maintain a light pressure on the surface of the skin and inject using the index finger to push on the plunger. The vein test is unnecessary.


Remove the needle from the skin. Orient the needle away from you and others. With the same hand, push very firmly with the thumb on the plunger to activate the needle shield. You hear a click and a shield comes out to cover the needle. Immediately dispose of the system in the nearest sharps collector. Click Injection is considered successful whether or not the presence of a wheal is observed. Activated needle shield In case of presence of liquid at the injection site after vaccine administration, re-vaccination is not required.

See also section 3. HOW TO USE IDflu