Prescription onlyClass: Infection

Flumist

(influenza vaccine)

Prescription onlyClass: Infection
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Prevents the flu.

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Our bottom line

The Flumist (Influenza Vaccine) is the best way to prevent being infected by the possibly deadly virus. Get the shot every year.

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Upsides

  • The flu vaccine has been tremendously effective in preventing flu-related hospitalizations. One study showed it decreased hospitalizations by 71% among adults and 74% among children.
  • The Flumist (Influenza Vaccine) can keep you from getting sick and protects the people around you from getting the flu.
  • There is no link between autism and vaccinations containing the preservative thimerosal. Most vaccines aren't even made with this anymore.
  • Even if the virus you're exposed to isn’t one of the three or four in the Flumist (Influenza Vaccine), it can still be helpful in protecting you from becoming very sick.
  • The flu vaccine can’t give you the flu.

Downsides

  • Although scientists try to include what should be the 3 most common viruses in the Flumist (Influenza Vaccine), they can’t predict exactly which ones will be the worst during the flu season.
  • There's up to a 20% chance that you could still get the flu even after getting the Flumist (Influenza Vaccine).
  • It can take up to two weeks for the vaccine to kick in and protect you from the flu.
  • You'll need to get vaccinated every year to protect you from the flu.
How it works

The Flumist (Influenza Vaccine) is an inactivated vaccine (made from a dead virus) that protects you from the flu (influenza). The vaccine helps your immune system create antibodies, which are proteins that identify and destroy bacteria and viruses, including the influenza virus.

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Side effect rates for Flumist (influenza vaccine)

1992 From clinical trials of Influenza Vaccine / Flu prevention
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Runny nose
  • Headache
  • Pain
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
  • Sore throat
  • Headache
  • Tiredness/weakness
  • Decreased appetite
  • Irritability

Risks and Warnings for Flumist (influenza vaccine)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Children less than 8

    The 2010 flu shot was linked with causing fevers and febrile seizures in young children.

Common concerns from people taking Flumist (influenza vaccine)

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