influenza vaccine live intranasal; FluMist, FluMist Quadrivalent (cont.)

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The FDA approved FluMist in June 2003 and FluMist Quadrivalent in February 2012.

PRESCRIBED FOR: FluMist is used for preventing influenza virus infections (flu) in individuals 2 to 49 years of age.

SIDE EFFECTS: The most common side effects of FluMist are:

 Other important side effects includes:

Hypersensitivity reactions also have been reported.

FluMist should not be administered to individuals with asthma because it may increase wheezing.



PREPARATIONS: Intranasal Spray: prefilled single use intranasal spray, 0.2 ml

STORAGE: FluMist should be stored refrigerated between 2 C to 8 C (35 F to 46 F).


  • Children 2 to 8 years of age who have not previously received FluMist should be given 2 doses of 0.2 ml at least one month apart.
  • Children 2 to 8 years of age, who previously received FluMist and adults 9 to 49 years of age, should be given 1 dose (0.2 ml) of FluMist each season.
  • FluMist is administered by inhaling through the nose while standing or sitting in an upright position. FluMist is not administered by injection.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/6/2015

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