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Who can use the nasal spray flu vaccine?

Stacy Wiegman, PharmD
Pharmacy Specialist

Note: A CDC panel concluded in 2016 that FluMist has not been effective in recent years. The panel did not recommend its use for the 2016-2017 flu season.

The intranasal spray flu vaccine, which contains live, but weakened, influenza virus cells and is sprayed into the nostrils, is recommended for healthy, non-pregnant people between the ages of 2 and 49 who do not have certain chronic health conditions.

The flu shot, which contains dead flu virus cells, is a better option for people 50 and older, children between 6 and 23 months, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Your doctor can help you decide which form of flu vaccine is right for you.

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