GENERIC NAME: INFLUENZA VIRUS VACCINE LIVE - NASAL (IN-floo-EN-za VYE-rus vak-SEEN)
BRAND NAME(S): FluMist
USES: This medication is a vaccine against influenza (flu) virus. It is also called the seasonal flu vaccine. The vaccine works by helping the body produce immunity (protection) that will prevent you from getting the flu or lessen the seriousness of the infection. As with any vaccine, it may not fully protect everyone who receives it. Since different types of flu viruses cause infection every flu season, usually a new vaccine is produced and given for each flu season.This form of the vaccine is given through the nose and is recommended for healthy children and adults. In the U.S., it is approved for use in people aged 2 to 49 years. In Canada, it is approved for use in people aged 2 to 59 years.This form of the vaccine is not recommended for people with a history of severe asthma or active wheezing. Consult your doctor for more details.
HOW TO USE: Read the Vaccine Information Statement available from your health care provider before receiving the vaccine. If you have any questions, consult your health care provider.If this vaccine is the first flu vaccination of a child aged 2 through 8 years, the child should receive a second dose (usually at least 1 month after the first dose). If a child in this age group has received this vaccine in a previous flu season, only one dose is given. Patients aged 9 years and older (including adults) should receive only one dose for each flu season.To receive this vaccine, sit or stand upright with your head tilted back. A health care professional will spray the medication into each nostril, one at a time.
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