Read below to get to know more about FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT.
Like the vaccines for chicken pox and measles, FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT is a live vaccine. That means it contains weakened live viruses. It stimulates the immune system in the lining of the nose and throat. That is where the flu virus typically enters the body.
To cause illness in others, a live vaccine would first need to replicate within the vaccinated person, and then revert to “wild-type influenza” before being transmitted to another person. And it would take more than 1,000 years for the live virus strains in FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT to revert to wild-type influenza.
But others who are in close contact with certain immunocompromised people may still be eligible. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America (SHEA) make recommendations for these circumstances.
For example, if you are in contact with someone who has HIV or is receiving chemotherapy, you may still get FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT. However, you should not get FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT if you are in close contact with someone with a severely weakened immune system, such as a person receiving stem cell transplants while they are in isolation.
Sniffing is NOT necessary.
Children younger than 5 years of age with recurrent wheezing and people of any age with asthma may be at increased risk of wheezing after getting FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT.
Dripping down the throat, sneezing, or swallowing sometimes happens after vaccination.
However, if your nose is so congested that it might stop the vaccine from getting to the nasal lining, then you should wait until your nose is less congested or your doctor may suggest the injectable vaccine.
FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT is a vaccine that is sprayed into the nose to help protect against influenza. It can be used in people 2 through 49 years old. FLUMIST QUADRIVALENT may not prevent influenza in everyone who gets vaccinated.
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