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(Influenza Vaccine)

  • Nasal spray
  • Injection
  • Flu prevention
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Prevents the flu.

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


  • 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.


  • 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.
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What to expect when you take Flumist (Influenza Vaccine)

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • The nasal spray (FluMist) is just as effective as the injection, but may be more expensive.
  • The flu virus changes often, so it's important to be vaccinated every year.
  • If you're not feeling well, talk to your doctor before getting the Flumist (Influenza Vaccine).
  • Help stop the spread of germs by avoiding close contact with sick people, washing your hands often, covering your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze, and disinfecting surfaces.
  • Get the Flumist (Influenza Vaccine) early, preferably before Thanksgiving to protect yourself all season.
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Side effects for Flumist (Influenza Vaccine)

From clinical trials of Influenza vaccine / Flu prevention  ( 2793)

  • Runny nose/nasal congestionRunny nose/nasal congestion57% for Flu vaccine vs.50% for placebo
  • Runny nose/nasal congestionRunny nose/nasal congestion51% for Flu vaccine vs.0% for placebo
  • Runny nose/nasal congestionRunny nose/nasal congestion44% for Flu vaccine vs.0% for placebo
  • Runny noseRunny nose44% for Flu vaccine vs.27% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache40% for Flu vaccine vs.38% for placebo
  • PainPain37% for Flu vaccine vs.8% for placebo
  • Runny nose/nasal congestionRunny nose/nasal congestion32% for Flu vaccine vs.0% for placebo
  • Sore throatSore throat28% for Flu vaccine vs.17% for placebo
  • HeadacheHeadache28% for Flu vaccine vs.0% for placebo
  • Tiredness/weaknessTiredness/weakness26% for Flu vaccine vs.22% for placebo

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.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Flumist (Influenza Vaccine)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits