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

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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.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes.

GENERIC AVAILABLE: No.

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).

DOSING:

  • 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.

Since FluMist contains viruses that are likely to cause the flu in the upcoming season, FluMist developed for previous seasons will not be effective and should not be used.

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Children 5 to 17 years of age who are receiving aspirin therapy should not be given FluMist because of the association between aspirin, influenza infection, and Reye's syndrome, a serious disease of the liver.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/6/2015


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