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Health Tip: Considering the Nasal Spray Flu Vaccine?

Posted Sep 13 2010 6:00am
Some people shouldn't get it, experts say

By Diana Kohnle
Monday, September 13, 2010
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(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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