Have You Received Your Flu Shot This Year?
Interesting reading... this from a So. Carolina TV station website...
More on the Flu shots/Flu spray
He recommended remaining supplies of vaccine be provided first to children 6- through 23-months-old, people 65 or older and anyone with chronic health conditions such as diabetes and asthma or weakened immune systems.
For people not in high risk groups the nasal spray flu vaccine remains an option. In just two quick sniffs the Flu Mist of the flu vaccine is all done. It must be given in a doctor's office. Patients 5- to 8-years-old take two doses 60 days apart. Patients 9- to 49-years-old take one dose.
The flu spray contains the same three strains of the virus as the shot, but the spray uses a weakened live flu virus, instead of a killed virus found in the injection, so it may cause a runny nose and sore throat in some people.
Because it's a live virus, health officials say it's not for everyone, including pregnant women, children under five, people with asthma, people with egg allergies or people with a weakened immune system.
Even though the spray and shot aren't an exact match for the this year's flu bug, officials say the vaccines can still help cut the severity of the illness if you do get sick. Influenza typically kills more than 36,000 Americans each year.
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I've heard also that with the flu spray, since it's a live virus, should not be taken by anyone planning to go out into a crowded area, such as a mall, as it would be spreading a live flu virus amongst a large number of people. That's interesting.