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Fluad - An Adjuvanted Seasonal Influenza Vaccine for Older Adults
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The FDA has approved Fluad (Seqirus), an adjuvanted trivalent seasonal influenza vaccine, for immunization of adults ≥65 years old. It will become available later this year for use during the 2016-2017 influenza season. Fluad is the second influenza vaccine to be approved in the US specifically for older adults; Fluzone High-Dose was the first.1 Fluad has been available in other countries for many years.

THE NEW VACCINE — Older adults may have a lower antibody response to influenza vaccination than younger adults and their antibody levels may decline more rapidly. Fluad contains MF59, an oil-in-water emulsion of squalene oil that increases the immune response by recruiting antigen-presenting cells to the injection site and promoting uptake of influenza virus antigens. Like all trivalent seasonal influenza vaccines available in the ... more      

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