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Old 10-24-2006, 04:34 AM   #1
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flu shot vs. flu mist

Hello! With flu season fast approaching it's time for the dreaded flu shot. My daughter is 5 now and very healthy. My pediatrician suggested the flu mist for her since it is covered by our insurance. She also said that there is a bit of "live" stuff in it so she runs the risk of getting a little ill after it.
Have any of you opted for this with your children? Am I better off just getting her the shot instead?

 
Old 11-01-2006, 11:42 AM   #2
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

Hello,

The flu shot is an inactivated vaccine, so therefore it is impossible to get the flu from it.

The nasal spray flu vaccine has a live vaccine which is weakened. Although most doctors say you won't get the flu from this either, there are a few more side effects with this.

Side Effects for regular Flu Shot:

Soreness, redness, or swelling where the shot was given
Fever (low grade)
Aches

As you can see, the side effects for the flu shot are not serious and are unlikekly. Don't get the flu shot if you are allergic to eggs or currently sick.

The nasal spray flu vaccine has more side effects then the flu shot:

CHILDREN SIDE EFFECTS
runny nose
headache
vomiting
muscle aches

ADULT SIDE EFFECTS

runny nose
headache
sore throat
cough

Also with this spray you can only get vaccinated up to 49 years of age.



So your best bet would be to get the regular flu shot instead of the spray for your child. It has less serious side effects, which are not likely to occur since the regular flu shot uses the dead virus.

Hope this helps.

 
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Old 11-01-2006, 12:44 PM   #3
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

Thank you panther! That helps to make up my mind.

 
Old 11-02-2006, 11:40 AM   #4
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

I got the flu mist, as is every healthy member of our community between the ages of 5-49 (it's an Army post). The occurence of these side effects has been exceedingly rare, and none have gotten all of them.

 
Old 11-02-2006, 01:17 PM   #5
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

c.blackshear,

Thank you for your post. My main concern is my 4 month old getting sick. She obviously can't get the shot for at least 2 months and with my 5 year old in school I know it's only a matter of time before the germs come home. I know it's impossible to keep your kids healthy all of the time, but I've done a pretty good job so far. Of course, I guess we really can't afford a flu outbreak at an army post so the information you gave me is very helpful.

 
Old 11-03-2006, 03:11 AM   #6
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

Hello,I just wanted to let you know to try to think natural.Vegtables and fruits can boost the immune system.If your child gets sick try cranberry juice or freash tea.Eating healthy and exercising is very beneficial also.

 
Old 11-03-2006, 04:31 AM   #7
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

happymom,

I thought you might find this link helpful:

[url]http://www.fda.gov/cber/flu/flumistqa.htm[/url]

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Old 11-28-2006, 08:09 PM   #8
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

Flu mist would be safer than the flu shot. I was advised the shot has a heavy metal called "thermosol" in it. This could be worse in the long run.

 
Old 11-29-2006, 04:34 AM   #9
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Re: flu shot vs. flu mist

I think what you mean to say is "Thimerosol."

Google it or use the search engine on this board if you'd like more info. Single-dose vaccines generally don't have it, and many pediatric flu vaccines don't either. Ask your doctor or immunization clinic if you want more information, too.

 
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