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Flu Nasal Aerosol (vaccine) for prevention of Flu in healthy Seniors

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  • Flu nose spray vaccine with “live” (weakened) viruses. Not tested with seniors, since it is considered risky. Therefore no data about benefits or risks exists. High risk potential.

    • EVIDENCE | NOT TESTED
    • EFFECTIVENESS | UNCLEAR
    • SAFETY | DANGEROUS

Recommendations

Do not use this treatment for seniors:

Nose spray with “live” influenza viruses is considered risky and is not given to seniors. No data about benefits or risks. High risk potential.

Doctors Say That

Note that the information here relates only to HEALTHY seniors. Flu vaccines are, for example, essential for asthmatic seniors.

About Flu Nasal Aerosol (vaccine)

Flu nose spray vaccine with “live” (weakened) viruses

  • Target Population:

    healthy Seniors, 65 year old and above

  • Dosage:

    Seasonal vaccine (once a year). One dose. But NOT given to seniors

  • Goal:

    Prevention of Influenza infection, symptoms and complications.

Research Summary

  • Not tested
  • Clinical Studies
  • Seniors Tested
  • Unclear
  • Benefits:

    Unknown. Nose spray with “live” influenza viruses is considered risky and therefore is not tested with seniors.

  • Dangerous
  • Risks:

    Unclear. High risk potential. Nose spray with “live” influenza viruses is considered risky and is not given to seniors.

Influenza virus infection Overview

  • Medical problem:

    Flu (influenza virus infection and symptoms).

  • Symptoms and signs:

    Cough, dizziness, fever, headache, nausea, pains, runny nose, sore throat, vomiting and aches.

  • Complications:

    Ear infection, lung infection, Seizures.

Brand Names

Flu Nose Spray (vaccine)

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Live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) is a type of influenza vaccine in the form of a nasal spray. It is an attenuated vaccine, unlike most influenza vaccines, which are inactivated vaccines. LAIV is administered intranasally, while inactivated vaccines are administered by intramuscular injection. Both live attenuated and inactivated vaccines are typically trivalent, since they contain material from three different influenza virus. LAIV is sold under the trade name FluMist in the United States and Canada. (source)
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