H1N1 nasal vaccine safe for caregivers of infants under 6 months?

Vanessa - posted on 10/27/2009 ( 3 moms have responded )

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I'm trying to decipher everything I am reading about the H1N1 nasal mist vaccine. I am concerned about potential risk of passing the virus, though weakened, to my son who is about almost 5 months old. I'm finding arguments on both sides. One side saying there is not problem for nursing mothers or caregivers to children under 6 months and the other side suggesting the opposite. Has anyone here found information from reputable sources?

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Maybe this document will be more helpful:

http://www.fda.gov/downloads/BiologicsBl...



That's the product insert from the FluMist manufacturer. In it, they talk briefly about the risk of transmission of the attenuated virus from the vaccinated person to someone else on page 19. The likelihood of it happening is pretty low. And even if you did somehow transmit the virus to your baby, it is an attenuated virus - it doesn't replicate properly, and won't produce normal flu symptoms. Maybe just the symptoms you'd get from the live vaccine anyway. You don't have to worry about it any more that other live vaccines - like MMR, chicken pox, or the rotavirus vaccine. They do caution against using it if you're around the immuno-compromised, but that's because when you have zero immune system, even a very weak virus can be harmful. Babies immune systems aren't like that. Personally, I always feel a bit better with the shot, but I would get the live vaccine if I didn't have that option. Hope that helped a bit!

Vanessa - posted on 10/28/2009

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Thanks for the reply and the information. I was able to find that documentation as well. The only problem I'm having is finding the shot...there aren't any available where I live and the providers do not know when they will be available. However, they do have the mist. The question becomes do I wait until some unknown time or chance the mist. I've heard the mist may not be as effective (based on the findings that the seasonal mist is not as effective as the shot). Thanks again!

Christine - posted on 10/28/2009

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i work at a hospital in louisville and they offered us the nasal mist (live virus) and also the shot which was not alive. i opted for the shot because i felt that the mist came out too soon after the h1n1 outbreak. the shot stung but wasnt much different from a regular flu shot. i am exposed to h1n1 almost everyday and have yet to have any complications. this is the CDCs document about the nasal mist.

http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/dow...

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