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Question: I’ve heard there is a nasal mist I can take rather than getting a shot – is this recommended? 

The nasal spray is approved for use in non-pregnant individuals, 2 years through 49 years of age. People with some medical conditions should not receive the nasal spray flu vaccine.

Some people should not get the nasal spray flu vaccine:

  • Children younger than 2 years
  • Adults 50 years and older
  • Pregnant women
  • People with a history of severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine or to a previous dose of any influenza vaccine
  • Children 2 years through 17 years of age who are receiving aspirin- or salicylate-containing medications.
  • People with weakened immune systems (immunosuppression)
  • Children 2 years through 4 years who have asthma or who have had a history of wheezing in the past 12 months.
  • People who have taken influenza antiviral drugs within the previous 48 hours.
  • People who care for severely immunocompromised persons who require a protected environment (or otherwise avoid contact with those persons for 7 days after getting the nasal spray vaccine).

In addition, the following conditions are precautions to the use of the nasal spray influenza vaccine:

  • Asthma in people aged 5 years and older.
  • Other underlying medical conditions that can put people at higher risk of serious flu complications. These include conditions such as lung disease, heart disease (except isolated hypertension), kidney disease (like diabetes), kidney or liver disorders, neurologic/neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders. See “People at High Risk of Developing Flu–Related Complications.”
  • Moderate or severe acute illness with or without fever.
  • Guillain-Barré Syndrome within 6 weeks following a previous dose of influenza vaccine.

Want to know more about the flu shot? Here's the info you need.

Information in this post provided by Ruben Espinoza, MD, Banner Health Clinic specializing in Pediatrics located on South Country Club Drive.

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