Dr. Lisa Dana
posted in Mom Stories
Flu vaccine is arriving in medical offices, clinics and hospitals around the country. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that you receive flu vaccine as soon as it is available in your community.
Families can now choose between the nasal (live attenuated) flu spray vaccine and the injected (killed) seasonal flu vaccine. The nasal flu spray can be given to healthy people between the ages of 2 and 50. Children under the age of 2 can not receive this vaccine.
The nasal spray flu vaccine does not contain thimerosol, and according to the CDC, it can not cause the flu. Side effects of the nasal flu vaccine include runny nose, nasal congestion, cough, chills, fatigue, sore throat and headache. The CDC has found that these side effects are generally mild and do not last long.
The nasal flu spray vaccine should not be given to people with asthma, reactive airway disease, heart disease, diabetes, liver disease and/or kidney disease. People with weakened immune systems, pregnant women and people who take medications that weaken the immune system should not receive the nasal flu spray vaccine. Children and teens who take aspirin should not receive the flu spray vaccine. Children under the age of 5 who have had an episode of wheezing within the last year, and people with muscle and nerve disorders like seizure disorders and cerebral palsy should not receive the nasal flu vaccine. For complete information about the nasal flu spray, go to the CDC site.
The injectable killed flu vaccine is recommended for everyone who is at least 6 months of age. People at the highest risk for developing complications from the flu should receive the injectable flu vaccine. This includes pregnant women, and people with asthma, diabetes, chronic medical conditions and people who are over the age of 65.
Side effects of the injectable killed flu vaccine includes soreness, redness & swelling at the shot site, cough, fever, headache, red/itchy eyes, fatigue and itching. These symptoms can last for 1-2 days.
The VIS (Vaccine Information Sheet) for the 2012/2013 injectable flu shot also notes that young children “who get inactivated flu vaccine and pneumococcal vaccine (PCV13) at the same time appear to be at increased risk for seizures caused by fever.” If your child has ever had a seizure, you should let your doctor know before getting the flu vaccine.
People who have a severe allergy to chicken eggs and people with a history of Guillain–Barré Syndrome should speak to their doctor before receiving the flu vaccine. This includes both the killed injected vaccine and the live attenuated nasal flu spray vaccine. People who have an allergic reaction to any component of the flu vaccines may not be able to receive the vaccines.
The advice provided in this blog is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis, advice or treatment for specific medical conditions
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