What is Supemtek?
Supemtek is a quadrivalent recombinant vaccine to protect adults above the age of 18 from influenza.
What is Supemtek used for? Label use.
Supemtek is a vaccine approved in Canada to improve immunity against the flu virus, influenza.
Here are a few things you need to know:
- The flu virus may change every year, and thus you may need vaccination every year.
- Cold months between October and March are most infectious, and your risk for catching the flu increases.
- If you are not vaccinated in autumn, it is still a good idea to get vaccinated in the spring as your risk is high until then.
- Your doctor will recommend the best time to take the flu vaccine.
What are Supemtek off-label uses?
There is no off-label use of the medicine so far.
Supemtek may be prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How to use Supemtek?
- Supemtek is available as a prescription solution for injection in a pre-filled syringe.
- A healthcare professional will give you the injection, usually in the upper arm
For more information about using Supemtek, see the package leaflet or contact your doctor or pharmacist.
What are the ingredients in Supemtek?
Supemtek includes proteins of four different strains of the influenza virus. When you receive a vaccine, your body recognizes the protein as “foreign” and develops antibodies against it. This strengthens your immune system so that it can quickly fight the virus. This may protect you from any disease caused by the virus.
The World Health Organization recommends the strains to be included in the vaccine each year for the upcoming flu season in the northern hemisphere.
What are some important warnings and precautions while on Supemtek?
- Inform your health worker about other prescription and non-prescription medications that you are taking. Also, inform about vitamins, herbal and nutritional supplements that you are taking or planning to take.
- Also, inform your doctor about the history of anaphylactic reaction to ingredients of the vaccine, such as octylphenol ethoxylate
How to store and dispose of Supemtek?
Supemtek should be refrigerated at 2ºC to 8ºC
- Do not freeze
- Keep the product in the original carton until you want to use it to protect it from light
- Keep out of the reach of the children
- Do not use the vaccine after its expiry date
What are Supemtek contraindications?
Inform your healthcare provider in case of an allergy to Supemtek or any other medication or any of the ingredients in Supemtek. Ask your pharmacist or check the medication guide for a list of the ingredients.
Do not take or inform your doctor if you have or had following conditions;
- Acute febrile illness
- Bleeding disorders such as hemophilia
- Immunosuppressive disorders
- Syncope or fainted with an injection before.
Besides, inform your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or planning to be pregnant. You should use birth control to prevent pregnancy during your treatment with Supemtek.
What medications can interact with Supemtek?
Supemtek can be given along with non-adjuvanted seasonal influenza vaccines. However, the vaccine should be given in different limbs.
If you are on immunosuppressant treatment, inform your doctor as the response to the vaccine may be diminished.
What are the side effects of Supemtek?
Like all the medications, Supemtek also has side effects. It is possible that you may experience the following side effects:
Common side effects
- Swelling, redness, or pain at the site of the injection
- Hardening or bruising of the skin injection site
- A general sense of feeling unwell
- Pain in joints and muscles
- Redness or swelling at the injection site
Uncommon side effects:
- Itching or bumps on the skin at the injection site
- Generalized skin reactions
- Non-specific rash
- Throat or mouth pain
Rare side effects:
Very rare side effects
- Guillain-Barré Syndrome (a type of paralysis)
- Stiff neck muscles
- Loss of reflexes
- Loss of balance
- Pain and weakness of the limbs
Get emergency help if you have allergic reactions. The following are the signs of an allergic reaction: hives; swelling on the face, tongue, lips, or throat; difficulty in breathing.
This is not a complete list of side effects. If you experience severe side effects or symptoms that are persistent, please contact your doctor immediately.
How is Supemtek Used?
A healthcare professional will inject the vaccine, usually in the upper arm. It is a prescription vaccination to be taken as a single dose to protect yourself from the flu.
2. Is There A Generic Version of Supemtek?
No. For now, there is no generic version of Supemtek available in Canada.
3. What Is Supemtek Used For?
It is used to protect people against the seasonal flu.
4. What Are the Risk Factors Supemtek?
The most common side effects (affecting one in ten individuals) are joint and body pain, headache, fever, shivering, and reactions at the injection site (bruising, redness, swelling, pain, and hardness).