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Health Tip: Getting a Nasal Vaccine for Flu

(HealthDay News) -- The influenza (flu) vaccine is available in two forms -- as an injection and in the form of a nasal spray.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says the nasal flu vaccine isn't for everyone, advising that you should talk with a physician before the following people get the nasal vaccine:

  • Children under age 2.
  • Adults aged 50 and older.
  • Anyone who has a chronic health problem or compromised immune system.
  • Anyone who takes long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Anyone who has lung, heart or kidney disease, or is diabetic.
  • Anyone who has Guillain-Barré syndrome.
  • Women who are pregnant.
  • Anyone with an egg allergy or who has had a previous allergic reaction to a flu vaccine.

-- Diana Kohnle

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