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MedImmune's FluMist nasal Flu vaccine safe According to Study

December 6th 2005

MedImmune's FluMist nasal Flu vaccine safe According to Study

FluMist deemed safe

According to the U.S. Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) only 460 patients had adverse side effects after using the FluMist flu vaccine.  This is out of 2.5 million users in the United States.  Only 40 were considered serious problems.  These serious conditions include breathing problems in asthma patients and some had life threatening allergic reactions. 

FluMist became available two years ago and is intended for healthy people between the ages of 5 and 49.  The researchers conclude this type of vaccine is safe when used as directed.

The study appeared in Wednesdays Journal of the American Medical Association.  It was conducted by the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  These two agencies operate the VAERS system. 


When this new technique for vaccination was first introduced there were concerns because unlike regular vaccines the FluMist used live but weakened viruses.  This was the reason it was not recommended for people with the highest risk of complications.

There were only 73 reports of possible side effects in patients that should not have been given the flu mist in the first place.  According to the FDA this is just a small subset and that the “system is working”.  It is believed the FluMist works as well as regular vaccination injections. 

The FluMist is squirted into the nose by a health care practitioner.  There were three reports of anaphylactic events (this event may close the upper airway), but the most common side effect was an allergic reaction.  There were 54 instances of this. It is not recommended for everyone and is approved for people between the ages of 5 and 49 who don’t have asthma, egg allergies, pregnant or a chronic disease. 

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By Dan Wilson
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