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Is the flu mist better than the shot?

Several studies have shown that FluMist may actually work better than a flu shot. One that compared the two concluded that “live attenuated influenza vaccine was a safe and more effective alternative to inactivated vaccine.”

What is the difference between flu shot and nasal spray?

The flu shot is an injection in the arm of an adult or the leg of a child under the age of 3. The FluMist is a nasal spray that is inhaled through the nose. Inactive vs. live.

Can a 4 year old get a flu shot?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older. But it’s especially important that those in higher-risk groups get vaccinated to avoid health problems from the flu. They include: all kids 6 months through 4 years old.

How many flu shots does a 4 year old need?

Doctors recommend that your child get a flu vaccine every year in the fall, starting when he or she is 6 months old. Some children 6 months through 8 years of age may need 2 doses for best protection. CDC recommends a flu vaccine by the end of October, before flu begins spreading in your community.

How effective is the flu mist?

Yes, FluMist wasn’t available during the 2016–2018 flu seasons. The CDC recommended against using FluMist at that time because studies showed that the vaccine was only about 3% effective from 2013–2016.

What are the side effects of the flu vaccine nasal spray?

In adults, side effects from the nasal spray vaccine may include: Runny nose. Headache. Cough….What are the side effects that could occur with the nasal spray flu vaccine?

  • Runny nose.
  • Wheezing.
  • Headache.
  • Vomiting.
  • Muscle aches.
  • Fever (low grade)
  • Sore throat (in older children)

Is there a nasal spray flu shot this year?

Influenza Vaccine Live, Intranasal Now Available for Flu Season in United States. Doses of the influenza live, intranasal (Flumist Quadrivalent, AstraZeneca) vaccine are now available in the United States in time for the 2021-2022 influenza season.

How long do flu shot side effects last in toddlers?

These side effects generally last between one and two days. “The most common reactions people have to flu vaccines are considerably less severe than the symptoms caused by actual flu illness,” stresses the CDC.

Is the flu shot the same for all ages?

Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages. Everyone should get a vaccine that is appropriate for their age. There are standard-dose inactivated influenza vaccines that are approved for people as young as 6 months of age. Some vaccines are only approved for adults.

Does my child need one or two flu shots?

Children should be vaccinated every flu season for the best protection against flu. Ideally, everyone should be vaccinated by the end of October. Children can get vaccinated as soon as vaccine becomes available—even if this is in July or August. Some children need two doses.

Why do some kids need 2 flu shots?

Who Needs Two? The first vaccine “primes” the body’s immune system and the second helps the body develop antibodies to the influenza virus. Young children are less likely to have come into contact with the influenza virus so getting two is important to ensure they are protected.

Can you get sick from FluMist?

Kids might get a runny nose, headache, wheezing, vomiting, muscle aches, and a fever. Adults could have a runny nose, headache, sore throat, and cough. But grownups don’t usually have a fever. Just like the shot, the spray will not cause the flu.