[IP] FluMist vs Flu shot
It IS possible to spread the vaccine virus to others, for up to 3 weeks,
after getting the FluMist . I looked up info on the FluMist vaccine and this
what they had to say.
Can I get the flu from FluMistb"?
FluMistb", Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal, is a live, weakened
vaccine that uses a modified form of the influenza virus designed to stimulate
protective immune response in the body, similar to the response your body
have after being exposed to the influenza virus. However, the modified virus
in FluMist is designed to stimulate your body's immune response without
classic influenza disease.
Who can get vaccinated with FluMistb"?
FluMistb", Influenza Virus Vaccine Live, Intranasal, is indicated for healthy
children, adolescents, and adults 5 to 49 years of age. Ask your doctor or
health care professional if FluMist is right for you and your family.
Who should not get vaccinated with FluMistb"?
You should not receive FluMist if you:
are less than 5 years of age. In one study, an increase in asthmatic events
was seen in children under 5.
are 50 years of age or older
have an allergy or history of allergic reaction to chicken eggs or egg
products or any component of the vaccine (see Additional Information).
Symptoms of a
severe allergic reaction may include shortness of breath, wheezing, or
difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or other parts of
body; skin rash, itching, or hives.
are a child or adolescent who regularly takes aspirin, or products containing
have a history of Guillain-BarrC) syndrome
have a known or suspected immune deficiency disease or condition such as
combined immunodeficiency, agammaglobulinemia, HIV infection, thymic
abnormalities, malignancy, leukemia, or lymphoma
are immunosuppressed or have altered or compromised immune status due to
treatment with systemic corticosteroids, alkylating drugs, antimetabolites,
radiation or other immunosuppressive therapies
have a history of asthma or reactive airways disease
have underlying medical conditions such as but not limited to chronic
disorders of the lungs and heart; or have had regularly scheduled follow-up
have been hospitalized in the past year because of chronic metabolic diseases
(including diabetes), kidney dysfunction, or a hemoglobinopathy such as
sickle cell disease
Due to the possible transmission of vaccine virus, FluMist recipients should
avoid being in close (for example, within the same household) contact with
immunocompromised individuals for 3 weeks following vaccination.
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