The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends the nasal spray instead of the injection for children between two and eight. The spray might cause mild runny nose, headache, cough, and sore throat. These symptoms are temporary and are milder than the flu. Those who choose the inhaled vaccine, FluMist, could have similar symptoms which are not caused by the flu. Those who receive the injection don't need the inhaled spray.
Children and adults might prefer the inhaled spray instead of the injection. Kids two to eight years of age have a better response with the spray.
High priority for receiving the vaccine include children and young adults between six months and eighteen years, and children on long-term aspirin for Reye’s Syndrome, a rare condition that causes swelling in the liver and brain after getting the flu.
Women who will be pregnant during flu season; adults fifty and older; children with pulmonary (lung) disease, such as asthma; those with heart, kidney, and liver disease; and adults and children with weakened immune systems (i.e., HIV infection) should all be immunized.
People who live in nursing homes or care facilities, those who live with someone at high risk of flu complications, caregivers, children under six months of age, and health care workers should get the vaccine.
FluMist spray is recommended for healthy children two through eight years of age.
Those who shouldn't get the spray vaccine include children less than two years of age, adults, children or adults who have heart disease, diabetes and kidney disease, and Guillan-Barre Syndrome, a condition of weakened immunity.
Anyone with a history of severe allergic reaction to eggs or complications from prior a previous flu vaccination, pregnant women, and those who have a weakened immune system due to a stem cell transplant should not get the vaccine. The vaccine is safe for those who have a suppressed immune system, such as those with diabetes or HIV.
FluMist, the nasal spray, is easy to administer. Children and adults might prefer it to the injection. Children ages two to eight have better immunity with FluMist than the injection.
The highest priority for flu vaccine includes children between six months and eighteen years old, children on long-term aspirin therapy, women who will be pregnant during flu season, adults fifty and older, and children with diseases of the lungs, such as asthma.