Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration OK’d a flu vaccine called
FluMist. For people who shy from the needle, this vaccine is delivered
by a squirt up the nose instead.
says FluMist is not for everyone. While approved for healthy people
age 5 to 49, it's not proven to be effective for toddlers,
elderly people or others with medical conditions or compromised
immune systems. Studies showed FluMist did not provide the same
flu protection for adults from 50 to 64 as vaccinations. For adults
from 18 to 49, the studies suggested FluMist reduced severe illness.
contains each of the three influenza live virus strains expected
to be active during the 2003-2004 flu season. These include two
types of influenza A, which causes severe illness, and one type
of influenza B, which causes a milder form of the disease. The live
virus in the vaccine has been weakened so that it produces immunity
without causing illness.
is manufactured by MedImmune Vaccines Inc. of Gaithersburg, Md.
A company spokesperson said the vaccine would be available by October
at a cost of about $46 a dose.
is also not recommended for people who are allergic to eggs or who
have demonstrated an earlier allergic reaction to flu vaccine.