Flumist

(Influenza Vaccine)

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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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Quick facts about Influenza Vaccine
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

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.
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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.

Quick facts about Influenza Vaccine
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

  • Flu prevention
  • Asthma attack prevention
  • Ear infection prevention

Dosage forms

  • Nasal spray
  • Injection
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Side effect rates for Flumist (Influenza Vaccine)

From 1992 clinical trials of Influenza Vaccine when taken for flu prevention
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
    57%57%
    50%50%
  • Runny nose
    44%44%
    27%27%
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
    44%44%
  • Headache
    40%40%
    38%38%
  • Pain
    37%37%
    8%8%
  • Runny nose/nasal congestion
    32%32%
  • Sore throat
    28%28%
    17%17%
  • Headache
    28%28%
  • Tiredness/weakness
    26%26%
    22%22%
  • Decreased appetite
    21%21%
    17%17%
  • Irritability
    21%21%
    19%19%
  • Sore throat
    19%19%
  • Decreased activity (lethargy)
    18%18%
  • Muscle aches
    17%17%
    15%15%
  • Fever
    16%16%
    11%11%
  • Headache
    15%15%
    16%16%
  • Fatigue
    15%15%
    14%14%
  • Decreased activity (lethargy)
    14%14%
    11%11%
  • Cough
    14%14%
    11%11%
  • Decreased appetite
    13%13%
  • Fever
    13%13%
  • Headache
    13%13%
  • Irritability
    12%12%
  • Abdominal pain
    12%12%
    4%4%
  • Sore throat
    11%11%
    9%9%
  • Muscle Pain
    11%11%
    7%7%
  • Decreased activity (lethargy)
    10%10%
  • Muscle aches
    10%10%
  • Headache
    9%9%
    7%7%
  • Sore throat
    9%9%
  • Chills
    9%9%
    6%6%
  • Nasal congestion
    9%9%
    2%2%
  • Decreased activity (lethargy)
    7%7%
  • Fever
    7%7%
  • Wheezing
    6%6%
  • Muscle aches
    6%6%
    3%3%
  • Decreased activity
    6%6%
  • Decreased appetite
    6%6%
  • Nausea
    6%6%
    5%5%
  • Sore throat
    5%5%
  • Chills
    4%4%
    3%3%
  • Muscle aches
    4%4%
  • Sinusitis
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Redness
    4%4%
    2%2%
  • Joint pain
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Otitis media
    3%3%
    1%1%
  • Headache
    3%3%
  • Swelling
    3%3%
    2%2%
  • Bruising
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Chills
    3%3%
    3%3%
  • Wheezing
    2%2%
  • Abdominal pain
    2%2%
  • Muscle aches
    2%2%
  • Chills
    2%2%
  • Sneezing
    2%2%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Influenza Vaccine.

Flumist (Influenza Vaccine)
Placebo

People taking Influenza Vaccine felt side effect more

People taking Influenza Vaccine felt side effect less

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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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Pregnancy

Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

Tip: Always talk with your doctor before you take any medication while pregnant.
FDA pregnancy category for Influenza Vaccine
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