TGA Safety advisory alert on Fluad - risk to patients with latex allergy

19 April 2018

Consumers and health professionals are advised that, for the 2018 influenza season, natural rubber latex is present in the sheath covering the needle of trivalent influenza vaccine Fluad.

Fluad is available for people aged 65 years and over through the National Immunisation Program (NIP).

While reactions to latex are rare, anyone who has a severe allergy to latex should not receive Fluad. Patients 65 and over can still be safely vaccinated with an alternative trivalent influenza vaccine, Fluzone High-Dose through the NIP.

Please note there are no safety concerns regarding the vaccine itself.

Further Information is available here. Click pdf here (58 KB) to download the information flyer.