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INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) Drug and Prescription Information


INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) Medication Classification


INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) Brandname


INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) is used for the Treatment

Influenza Virus Vaccine, Live (in-floo-EN-za VYE-rus vak-SEEN, lyve) Keeps you from getting sick with an influenza virus ("catching the flu").

When To Not Use INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray)

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to influenza vaccine (a "flu shot") or eggs or egg products. You should not use this medicine if you have HIV/AIDS, cancer, problems with your immune system, or a history of Guillain-Barre syndrome (a nerve problem). You should not use this medicine if you are also using any medicine that affects your immune system, like cancer treatments or steroids (such as prednisone). This medicine should not be given to a person under 17 years old who is also using aspirin or any medicine that contains aspirin. Some medicines that contain aspirin are Aggrenox®, Soma® Compound, Norgesic®, and many cold medicines.

How Should You Use INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray)


  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often.
  • A nurse or other trained health professional will give you this medicine.
  • This medicine is for use only in the nose. Do not get any of it in your eyes or on your skin. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
  • Before using the medicine, gently blow your nose to clear the nostrils.
  • Children 5 to 9 years of age who have not received the nasal vaccine before should receive 2 doses at least 6 weeks apart.
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Proper INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) Storage

Store INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture unless otherwise stated by manufacturer's instructions or labelling. Keep INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) and all medications out of the reach of children.

What To Avoid While Using INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray)

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using any other medicines given through your nose, or any medicine that weakens the immune system (such as steroids, chemotherapy, or radiation).
  • Make sure you doctor knows if you are also using medicine to treat influenza virus infections (such as amantadine, oseltamivir, rimantadine, zanamivir, Flumadine®, Relenza®, Symmetrel®, Tamiflu®). Wait at least 48 hours after your last dose of antiviral medicine before using FluMist™. It is best to wait at least 2 weeks after using FluMist™ before using any antiviral medicines. Talk with your doctor if you are concerned about this.
  • You should not receive any other vaccines at the same time that you receive FluMist™.

INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) Warnings

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have heart disease, kidney disease, diabetes, anemia or similar conditions such as sickle cell disease, or if you have ever had asthma or other breathing problems.
  • Tell your doctor about any health problems or illnesses you have had recently, especially if you have a fever. This medicine is for use by healthy adults under 50 years old, and children five years of age and older.
  • Tell your doctor if you spend time with a person who has health problems, such as someone you live with. This is especially important if you are often with a person who has problems with his or her immune system. Try to avoid being with anyone who has immune system problems for at least 21 days after you receive this vaccine.
  • Children under five years old are usually not given the flu vaccine nasal spray. Young children who need the flu vaccine are usually given the flu vaccine injection (a shot).
  • This medicine will not treat flu symptoms if you already have the virus.

INFLUENZA VACCINE (Nasal) (Spray) Side Effects

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Chills
  • Cough, sore throat
  • Headache or sinus pain
  • Stomach ache
  • Tiredness or weakness

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Ronnie, Hong Kong, China - 03/07/2010

One day when I was 5-6 weeks pregnant, I came down with flu and cold like symptoms. My general care and specialist doctors were unable to see me, but I did call them both. I was first told to take an antihistamine called chlor-trimeton. This did not work for me. I was then given a prescription for TamiFlu. I only took one dose of the TamiFlu. My significant other had made chicken noodle soup so I ate that with the TamiFlu. All night I kept waking up from a very deep sleep with acid reflux. At times it felt like my body was on fire. I made it to the bathroom and started to dry heave and vomited, which was a side effect of the Tamiflu. I was in the worst pain I had ever had and I have not been sick during my pregnancy. This product is a waste of time and money. My mother’s home remedies have worked better. I do not recommend others take this medicine.


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beth, FAISALABAD - 01/18/2010

After taking Tamiflu, I have had the worst headache for eight straight days. I didn't take the last two doses because of this. I have taken ever OTC painkiller for it, but nothing works. It feels like a "hangover" headache. Even my scalp is sensitive, and it feels raw.