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Health Tip: Considering the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine?

Health Tip: Considering the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine?

09/13/10

(HealthDay News) -- The seasonal flu vaccine can be administered via a shot or a less invasive nasal spray.

The American Academy of Family Physicians, however, says not everyone is a candidate for the nasal vaccine. The academy says the following people should talk with their doctor before getting the spray:

  • Children under age 2, or adults 50 and older.
  • Anyone with a chronic health problem or a compromised immune system.
  • Children or teens who take long-term aspirin therapy.
  • Anyone who has heart, kidney or lung disease, or diabetes.
  • Women who are pregnant.
  • Anyone who has had Guillain-Barré syndrome.
  • Anyone who has had an allergic reaction from a flu vaccine, or who is allergic to eggs.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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