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Health Tip: Is the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for You?

Health Tip: Is the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine for You?

11/10/11

(HealthDay News) -- The annual seasonal flu vaccine is available as a shot and a nasal spray, but the nasal spray isn't recommended for everyone.

The American Academy of Family Physicians says these people should not get the nasal spray version of the flu vaccine:

  • Children under age 2, or adults aged 50 and older.
  • Anyone with a chronic health condition or a weak immune system.
  • Anyone taking aspirin therapy.
  • Women who are pregnant.
  • Anyone with Guillain-Barre syndrome, diabetes, or heart, lung or kidney disease.
  • Anyone with an egg allergy or a previous allergic reaction to the flu vaccine.
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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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