Nasal Flu Vaccine

You have arrived at this page in error.  The nasal spray flu vaccine is not available this year.

There are two basic types of flu vaccine:  injectable and nasal.  For young kids especially, the nasal vaccine is more effective, so if the child is a candidate for the nasal vaccine, it is preferred.  The injectable vaccine is your classic "flu shot" and can be given to anyone 6 months of age or older who does not have a life-threatening allergy to eggs and who has not had a high fever in the previous 24 hours or so.  The nasal flu vaccine can be given to all healthy people 2-49 years of age who do not have any of the following conditions:

  • Allergy to eggs, egg proteins, gentamicin, gelatin, or arginine
  • Life-threatening reaction to influenza vaccine in the past
  • Between 2 and 17 years of age and currently receiving aspirin or aspirin-containing therapy
  • Asthma that is not well-controlled
  • Between 2 and 5 years of age and has been told by a healthcare provider in the past 12 months that he or she has wheezing or asthma
  • Experienced Guillain-Barre syndrome within 6 weeks following any prior influenza vaccination
  • Long-term health problems with weakened immune system or heart, lung, liver, kidney, or metabolic desease (e.g. diabetes), or blood disorders
  • Pregnant or nursing
  • Expect to have close contact within the next 7 days with a person whose immune system is so severely compromised to the degree that he/she must be in a protective environment, such as a negative-pressure hospital room or bone marrow transplant unit