Do you know flu fact from flu fiction?

With so much information out there, it’s hard to know what’s true and what’s just a myth. Get the truth about some common FluMist Quadrivalent myths here.

MYTH vs. FACT 1

MYTH: Vaccinating with a live virus will cause the flu.

FACT: FluMist Quadrivalent is designed not to cause the flu.

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 enters the body.

MYTH vs. FACT 2

MYTH: I can catch the flu from someone recently vaccinated with FluMist Quadrivalent.

FACT: The risk of getting infected with vaccine virus after close contact with a person vaccinated with FluMist Quadrivalent is low. 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.

MYTH vs. FACT 3

MYTH: I should not receive FluMist Quadrivalent if I come in contact with someone with a weakened immune system.

FACT: People with weakened immune systems are not eligible for FluMist Quadrivalent. 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.

MYTH vs. FACT 4

MYTH: I have to inhale or actively “sniff” FluMist Quadrivalent in order for it to work.

FACT: People who get FluMist Quadrivalent can breathe normally during administration. Sniffing is NOT necessary.

MYTH vs. FACT 5

MYTH: If I have asthma, I can’t get FluMist Quadrivalent.

FACT: FluMist Quadrivalent was not studied in people with severe asthma or active wheezing. 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.

MYTH vs. FACT 6

MYTH: If I sneeze or blow my nose after receiving FluMist Quadrivalent, I need to be revaccinated.

FACT: You don’t need to get vaccinated again. Dripping down the throat, sneezing, or swallowing sometimes happens after vaccination.

MYTH vs. FACT 7

MYTH: I can’t get FluMist Quadrivalent if I’m ill.

FACT: You can be vaccinated with FluMist Quadrivalent if you have a minor illness (eg, diarrhea or mild upper respiratory tract infection with or without fever). 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.