Question: What is the difference between flu shot and nasal spray?

What is the difference between the flu shot and mist?

FluMist is a live vaccine. This means that FluMist has live flu viruses in it that have been weakened so that they shouldn’t infect you with the flu. In comparison, flu shots are inactive vaccines that don’t have live viruses in them. As a result, flu shots can’t cause the flu.

Is the flu shot more effective than the nasal spray?

Studies show that both the flu shot and nasal spray work. For adults, doctors found that the nasal spray works just as well as the flu shot. In 2009, they found that the nasal spray worked better in children. But later studies didn’t show that it was any more effective than the shot.

Is the flu vaccine an injection or nasal spray?

The flu vaccine for children is a nasal spray (sprayed into the nose), not an injection. The live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) contains live forms of flu virus which have been weakened (attenuated). These stimulate the immune system but do not cause disease in healthy people.

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Why can’t adults have nasal flu vaccine?

In addition to the previously listed adults who should not receive the flu shot, adults should NOT get the nasal spray influenza vaccine if they: Are pregnant. Are ages 50 or older. Have a weakened immune system due to disease or certain medical treatments.

Is there an alternative to the flu shot?

What Is a Flu Shot Alternative? The FluMist is the only alternative to the flu shot without a needle and is given in the form of a nasal spray.

Does the nasal flu vaccine make you sick?

The nasal flu vaccine can’t cause flu in children with a healthy immune system. The most common side-effects are a blocked or runny nose, headache, reduced appetite or feeling a bit poorly. These get better in a couple of days.

Is the nasal spray flu vaccine safe?

The children’s nasal spray flu vaccine is safe and effective. It’s offered every year to children to help protect them against flu. Flu is caused by the influenza virus. It can be a very unpleasant illness for children.

How long are you contagious after a flu shot?

MYTH: You can catch the flu from the vaccine.

The flu shot is made from an inactivated virus that can’t transmit infection. So, people who get sick after receiving a flu vaccination were going to get sick anyway. It takes a week or two to get protection from the vaccine.

Is the FluMist as effective as the shot?

Several studies have shown that FluMist may actually work better than a flu shot. One that compared the two concluded that “live attenuated influenza vaccine was a safe and more effective alternative to inactivated vaccine.”

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How long do side effects of nasal flu vaccine last?

Some people experience soreness or swelling at the site of the flu shot injection. And some have mild side effects like a headache, cough, body aches, or fever. These usually clear up in about one to two days.