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Who can take the FluMist nasal spray vaccine?

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FluMist is only for healthy people ages 2 to 49, but if it's not available, kids should get the traditional flu shot rather than wait. 

The nasal spray vaccine contains weakened strains of live viruses. These people shouldn't take it:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children under age 5 who have wheezing that comes and goes
  • Children and teens who take aspirin

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu," “Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.”

Flu.gov. 

American Lung Association.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Flu (Influenza): Prevention."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Is it better to use a flu inhaler or get a flu shot?"

American Lung Association: "Cold and Flu Guidelines: Influenza."

FDA: "Influenza: Vaccination Still the Best Protection."

MedlinePlus: "Flu," "Common Cold."

GlaxoSmithKline.

Flu Near You website.

News release, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 12, 2017

SOURCES:

CDC: "Estimating Seasonal Influenza-Associated Deaths in the United States: CDC Study Confirms Variability of Flu," “Key Facts About Seasonal Flu Vaccine.”

Flu.gov. 

American Lung Association.

National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases: "Flu (Influenza): Prevention."

National Jewish Medical and Research Center: "Is it better to use a flu inhaler or get a flu shot?"

American Lung Association: "Cold and Flu Guidelines: Influenza."

FDA: "Influenza: Vaccination Still the Best Protection."

MedlinePlus: "Flu," "Common Cold."

GlaxoSmithKline.

Flu Near You website.

News release, American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on July 12, 2017

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