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Influenza A and B Nasal spray, suspension
Generic Name: influenza virus vaccine, live, trivalent
Brand Names: Flumist
What is this medicine?INTRANASAL INFLUENZA VACCINE (in truh NEY zuhl in floo EN zuh vak SEEN) is a vaccine to protect from an infection with influenza, also known as the flu. The vaccine only helps protect you against some strains of the flu. This vaccine does not help to the reduce the risk of getting the pandemic H1N1 flu.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- asthma or wheezing
- Guillain-Barre syndrome or other neurological problems
- immune system problems
- other chronic health problems
- under 18 and taking aspirin
- an unusual or allergic reaction to intranasal influenza vaccine, eggs, gentamicin, gelatin, arginine, other medicines, foods, dyes or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?Use this vaccine in the nose. Do not take by mouth. It is given by a health care professional.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for children as young as 2 years of age for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
This medicine is not approved for use in patients over 49 years old.
What if I miss a dose?This does not apply.
What may interact with this medicine?Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
- aspirin and aspirin-like medicines
- medicines for organ transplant
- medicines to treat cancer
- medicines to treat the flu
- other medicines used in the nose
- other vaccines
- some medicines for arthritis
- steroid medicines like prednisone or cortisone
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Report any side effects to your doctor right away.
After receiving this vaccine, stay away from people who have severe immune system problems for 7 days. You may give them the flu.
Remember that this vaccine lowers your risk of getting the flu. You can get a milder flu infection if you are around others with the flu. The flu vaccine will not protect against colds or other illnesses. A yearly vaccination is recommended. Ask your health care professional about immunization for other family members.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- breathing problems
- ear pain
- extreme irritability
- fever over 102 degrees F
- nose bleed
- muscle weakness
- unusual drooping or paralysis of face
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- muscle aches and pains
- runny or stuffy nose
- sore throat
- stomach upset
Where should I keep my medicine?This drug is given in a hospital or clinic and will not be stored at home.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.