Chestnut Hill Allergy & Asthma Associates Now Offering (egg free) FLUCELVAX Vaccine


The FDA has approved Flucelvax, the first seasonal vaccine made with the use of cultured animal cells, instead of fertilized chicken eggs.

The flu is an illness that attacks the respiratory system caused by a highly contagious virus. You can catch the flue from an infected person by simple contact, such as a hand shake. According to the National Institutes of Health, between 5% and 20% of Americans get the flu each year. More than 200,000 people are hospitalized and 36,000 die annually because of flu in the United States. What’s the best way to prevent getting the flu? Getting your annual flu shot, of course.

According to, FLUCELVAX Influenza Virus Vaccine is a flu vaccine that helps protect you against influenza. FLUCELVAX is approved for people aged 18 years and older. Created by Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics, FLUCELVAX was the first FDA approved influenza virus vaccine manufactured with cell culture technology to be distributed in the United States.

FLUCELVAX Important Safety Information

What is FLUCELVAX Influenza Virus Vaccine?
FLUCELVAX is a vaccine that helps protect against influenza (flu). FLUCELVAX is for people aged 18 and older. Vaccination with FLUCELVAX may not protect all people who receive the vaccine.

Who should not get FLUCELVAX?
You should not get FLUCELVAX if you have had a severe allergic reaction to any of the ingredients in the vaccine

Who may not be able to get FLUCELVAX?
Tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have ever had Guillain-Barré Syndrome (severe muscle weakness) after getting a flu shot
  • have an allergy to rubber latex

What if I have a weakened immune system?
Tell your healthcare provider if you have problems with your immune system, as your immune response to the vaccine may be less.

What are the most common side effects of FLUCELVAX?

  • pain or redness where you got the shot
  • headache
  • tiredness
  • muscle aches
  • feeling unwell (malaise)

For more information about egg-free FLUCELVAX, visit or download this FLUCELVAX fact sheet.

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