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FluMist inhaler for H1N1 flu
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Vaccine for swine flu is ahead of expectations

October is almost here, and so are more than 3 million doses of H1N1 flu vaccine. The vaccine is a the FluMist nasal spray type which is inhaled rather than injected. The nasal spray contains a weakened live virus, while injections contain killed and fragmented virus. The inhalation method gives a stronger immune reaction and is not recommended for pregnant women, people over 50 or those with asthma, heart disease or several other problems. The earlier than expected delivery will be be great for people in other high-risk groups though (health care workers, people caring for infants, and healthy young people).

Any type of flu can be deadly

In the United States a typical flu season is believed to kill about 36,000. The Asian flu of 1957 was blamed for the deaths of about 70,000 Americans. The pandemic H1N1 or 2009 H1N1 flu (we are not supposed to call it the swine flu) so far has not been bad. Flu activity is now “widespread” in 21 states, up from 11 a week ago. (Read more here - New York Times)

2009 H1N1 flu vaccine approved

"The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Sept. 15 that it has approved four vaccines against the 2009 H1N1 influenza virus. The vaccines will be distributed nationally after the initial lots become available, which is expected within the next four weeks.
As with any medical product, unexpected or rare serious adverse events may occur. The FDA is working closely with governmental and nongovernmental organizations to enhance the capacity for adverse event monitoring, information sharing and analysis during and after the 2009 H1N1 vaccination program." FDA News Release


This won't hurt, really: The FDA recently okayed even younger kids, those ages 2 to 4, to be eliglble for receiving their annual flu shot in a new nasal mist form.
This won't hurt, really: The FDA recently okayed even younger kids, those ages 2 to 4, to be eliglble for receiving their annual flu shot in a new nasal mist form.
If you’re young and squeamish about shots, there’s good news for you this year on the flu shot front.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has okayed the use of a flu shot nasal spray product – FluMist – for treating kids ages 2 to 4. The product has been on the market for a few years for people ages 5-49 who are in good health and not pregnant.

Obviously, this is pretty significant news since the biggest criers during the process of receiving a flu shot are between the ages of 2 to 4. In recent testing, those receiving the nasal flu shot had a 92-percent reduction in the rate of catching the flu than those who didn’t.

Furthermore, the nasal spray will work for people who have minor illnesses. But, obviously, those suffering conditions with nasal congestion might not get the full benefits of the nasal spray.

Here are the side effects to watch out for after application on children: runny nose, headache, wheezing, vomiting muscle aches and fever. For adults, the side effects include: runny nose, headache, sore throat and cough.

The calendar is quickly turning to the best time to get your flu shot as a nasal blast or a vaccine. October and November are the best times of the year. The Center for Disease Control suggests that children receiving a flu shot for the first time receive a nasal application in October. They’ll also need a second dose one month later.

If you’ve had flu shots in the past, it’s okay to receive your flu dosage this year nasally if you meet other qualifying criteria.

Of course, most people don’t bother to be vaccinated against the flu most years. The Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that a record amount of doses – 130 million – are available this year, but as past practices show, only a fraction of them will be used.

Only about one in five babies who should receive a flu shot get one, the report said, and nationwide last year, about 36,000 people died from health complications from getting the flu.