Flu Vaccine (cont.)
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Indications for the Nasal-Spray Flu Vaccine (FluMist, Live Attenuated Influenza Virus or LAIV)
The nasal spray is approved for use in healthy people 2-49 years of age who are not pregnant. The term FluMist is used for the seasonal flu nasal spray vaccine. LAIV does not contain thimerosal or other preservatives. According to the CDC, the following people should not get the nasal-spray vaccine:
In addition, the package insert states that people allergic to gentamicin (Gentak, Garamycin), arginine, or gelatin should not use the nasal spray. These recommendations also apply to the new quadrivalent vaccines.
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