Flu Shot vs. FluMist for Children

150202-kohn-vaccine-kids-tease_fmlskq   Influenza (flu) is actually a respiratory infection that is caused by influenza virus. Flu outbreaks always happen each year. Indeed, influenza vaccine is good for anybody who is aged 6 months and older. This will protect you and anybody around you from influenza and the complications associated with it. Here are 2 types of flu vaccines for children.

1. Flu shot

All children who are more than 6 months of age should be given flu shot every year. This vaccine is particularly crucial for kids and teenagers who are at a higher risk for flu complications, including those who:
  • Have diabetes, or any other metabolic disease
  • Are between six (6) months and five (5) years old
  • Have chronic lung or heart disorders (like asthma, cystic fibrosis, and bronchopulmonary dysplasia) serious enough to require regular medical check-up
  • Have chronic kidney illness
  • Have hemoglobin disorder or chronic anemia
  • Have any chronic condition that weakens the immune system, like cancer, HIV, immune deficiencies, or treatment that cause immune suppression
  • Have chronic neurological disorders
  • Are seriously obese
  • Live in Inuit or First Nation communities
  • Live in chronic care facilities
  • Have been taking acetylsalicylic acid (Aspirin or ASA) daily
  • Are pregnant
  • Live with an adult or another child who is at risk of flu complications
For sure, children who are below 5 years of age are at high risk for flu complications, such as convulsions, pneumonia, and high fever. In case you have kids who are below 5 years of age or who have flu complications, then you should ensure that everyone in your home is given a flu shot. This is particularly vital in case you have children below 6 months of age, or you have a family member who is pregnant. Ensure that all pregnant women in your home are immunized. An infant who is born during flu season to a mother who got a flu shot is normally protected against influenza for some few months compared to that of a mother who didn’t receive. Also, the flu shot is highly recommended and safe for all breastfeeding women. This is because infants who are below six (6) months old can`t get the vaccine (flu shot). Therefore, the antibodies against influenza will be transferred through the breast milk.   The following should not get the flu shot.  
  • Babies who are below six (6) months old. The vaccine doesn’t work though isn’t harmful
  • Children who have serious allergies to thimerosal

2. Nasal flu vaccine (FluMist)

This flu vaccine type is given to an individual as a nose spray instead of an injection. All healthy kids who are 2 years of age can be given the nasal flu vaccine. However, in case your kid has a chronic illness or condition, it is important to talk to your physician to determine if the vaccine is appropriate. This vaccine is always given in one or two doses. In case your child is below 9 years old and has been given a particular flu vaccine before, then he or she should receive only one dose. But, if your kid is below 9 years old and has never received any flu vaccine before, then he or she should receive 2 doses, and should be given at least four (4) weeks apart. The following should not receive the nasal flu vaccine.
  • Children who are below 2 years of age
  • And those who have weakened immune system among others
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