Has anyone tried the flumist vaccine?

Emilie - posted on 10/27/2011 ( 6 moms have responded )

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It is like a spray vaccine they spray up the nose. Has anyone tried this? Are there any side effects? Does it make the kid feel sick like with the regular flu shot? I saw an add for in last time I was at the pediactrics office.

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Neva - posted on 10/28/2011

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Emilie, flu mist is a live attenuated virus. It can be used for people ages 2-49 as long as they are not immunocomprimised. If they have asthma or other chronic condition the shot is better. That being said if a child is perfectly healthy studies have shown that flumist actually protects children better than the shot. For adults its just the opposite. The flu shot is more protective for them. There is a slightly greater chance of runny nose and fever after flu mist, but it is not serious and its just evidence that the immune system is working and developing antibodies against the flu. The main side effects of the flu shot are pain and redness at the injection site and perhaps mild fever. People do not get the flu from the flu shot, that is a killed virus and it can't give you the flu. Usually if someone gets an upper respiratory illness after the flu shot its because they were already exposed prior to the shot. It takes about 2 weeks for the immune system to fight the flu after the shot.

Erin - posted on 10/27/2011

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From what I've learned, is that the flumist vaccine is not reccommended for children under 3 and that NO ONE in the house should have it if there is a child under 4-6 months of age. It is a live virus so the side effects are that they could have mild flu symptoms. However, if you have a child that is allergic to eggs, the flumist is a better option because it is not made with egg products. When my husband gets the flumist, he always comes down with the flu so I choose to get my boys the shots because I don't want to deal with sick children if I don't have to.

Sherri - posted on 10/27/2011

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My middle one did that last year. We didn't have any side effects. My kids actually had an option of the flumist or the shot, it was completely up to them.

I have never heard it wasn't recommended for kids, since my pediatricians office gave us the option of either.

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Sherri - posted on 10/27/2011

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That makes more sense that it isn't recommended for very young children.

Katherine - posted on 10/27/2011

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I've had it without side affects, but like Kate said, not recommended for kids.

Kate CP - posted on 10/27/2011

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This is actually made with the live virus and is not recommended for kids, usually.

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