FluMist: A Painless Option to the Annual Flu Shot
Know Your Options
A Choice for Healthy People
- Adults aged 50 years and older
- Children younger than 24 months
- Children aged less than 5 years who have asthma or episodes of wheezing in the last year
- Children or teens on long-term aspirin therapy
- Pregnant women
- People with:
- Chronic conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, liver disease, metabolic disease, and blood disorders
- Nerve or muscle disorders
- Weakened immune systems
- People in close contact with others who have a weakened immune system
If You Get the Nasal Spray Vaccine
- In children and teens:
- Cold symptoms such as fever, runny nose, congestion, cough, headache
- Muscle aches
- Stomach pain—may have vomiting or diarrhea
- In adults:
- Cold symptoms such as runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, headache
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov
The College of Family Physicians of Canada http://www.cfpc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0-18 years —United States, 2011. MMWR 2011;60(5).
FluMist. FluMist website. Available at: http://www.flumist.com. Accessed March 3, 2014.
Key facts about seasonal flu vaccine. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flulive.pdf. Updated November 7, 2013. Accessed March 3, 2014.
Live, intranasal influenza 2011-12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/hcp/vis/vis-statements/flulive.html. Updated July 26, 2013. Accessed March 3, 2014.
- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 03/2014
- Update Date: 03/03/2014