FluMist: A Painless Option to the Annual Flu Shot
Know Your Options
A Choice for Healthy People
- Adults aged 50 years and older
- Children younger than 24 months
- Children aged less than 5 years who have asthma or episodes of wheezing in the last year
- Children or teens on long-term aspirin therapy
- Pregnant women
- People with:
- Chronic conditions (eg, heart disease, lung disease, asthma, kidney disease, liver disease, metabolic disease, blood disorders)
- Nerve or muscle disorders
- Weakened immune systems
- People in close contact with others who have a weakened immune system
If You Get the Nasal Spray Vaccine
- In children and teens:
- Cold symptoms (eg, fever, runny nose, congestion, cough, headache)
- Muscle aches
- Stomach pain (may have vomiting or diarrhea)
- In adults:
- Cold symptoms (eg, runny nose, congestion, cough, sore throat, headache)
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention http://www.cdc.gov/
Canadian Association of Family Physicians http://www.cfpc.ca/
Canadian Public Health http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/
Baker CJ, Pickerling LK, Chilton L, et al; Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices. Recommended adult immunization schedule: United States, 2011. Ann Intern Med. 2011;154(3):168-173.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Recommended immunization schedules for persons aged 0-18 years —United States, 2011. MMWR 2011;60(5).
FluMist. FluMist website. Available at: http://www.flumist.com/. Accessed May 31, 2012.
Live, intranasal influenza 2011-12. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Available at: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/pubs/vis/downloads/vis-flulive.pdf. Updated July 26, 2011. Accessed May 31, 2012.
- Reviewer: Brian Randall, MD
- Review Date: 05/2012 -
- Update Date: 05/31/2012 -