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Doctor insights on: Flumist 2006 Medication

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Would you recommend flumist? How does flumist work and can you recommend it?

Would you recommend flumist? How does flumist work and can you recommend it?

I never do: Flu mist is a made by combining weakened strains of the flu virus, squirting it in your nose, & letting it create a minor lung infection to cross into your blood. It is not approved for very young patients or those with asthma or several other conditions. It is certainly attractive to needle phobic patients & kids, but I quit using it in my office after a kid had an asthma episode a day later. ...Read more

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Wondering if the flumist is as effective as the vaccine?

Wondering if the flumist is as effective as the vaccine?

YesItIsNasalVACCINE: FLU MIST IS A LIVE VACCINE FOR FLU AND IS EFFECTIVE AS INJECTION FLU VACCINE ...Read more

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Do I need to repeat flumist if I sneeze right after I receive it?

Do I need to repeat flumist if I sneeze right after I receive it?

Flumist: I wouldn't retake the medicine. The majority oh the medication would typically stay in the nose after a sneeze. Plus, the medicine probably caused the sneeze, so the same thing would most likely occur again. ...Read more

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What is flumist? Does flumist contain dead or live virus and how does it work?

What is flumist? Does flumist contain dead or live virus and how does it work?

FluMist: Flumist is an influenza vaccine given as a nasal spray. It differs from the traditional influenza vaccine in that it contains live, attenuated strains of influenza virus. These are weak virus strains that cannot cause disease. By contrast, the injectable influenza vaccine contains killed influenza virus or virus fragments. Both forms of influenza vaccine work by allowing your immune system to become familiar with the virus, so that protective antibodies are generated that prevent later infection with active virus.

Theoretically, FluMist might give better protection against the flu because exposure is through the nose, which is the way most natural flu infections occur. Studies have had varied results; data suggests that FluMist gives superior protection to the injectable vaccine in children, but that the injectable vaccine is better than FluMist in adults. In all studies, the differences were small, and FluMist appears to be an effective option for adults and children.

Flumist is recommended for healthy children and adults. It is not recommended for people with serious medical conditions or impaired immune systems, due to the remote chance that they could be made ill by the live virus. This has not been reported, but is theoretically possible. While unlikely, the live virus used in FluMist could be spread to others, so the injectable vaccine is preferred for those who have close contact with people who should not receive flumist. ...Read more

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Caught flu from son's flumist vaccine, what to do?

Caught flu from son's flumist vaccine, what to do?

See below: Normal healthy individual with intact immune system does not get infected by vaccine strain which is attenuated. If you are known to be immunocompromized, you may need to see infectious disease specialist. ...Read more

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Could I have caught the flu from son's flumist vaccine?

Could I have caught the flu from son's flumist vaccine?

No: The FluMist is a weakened but living combination of several flu strains. You can acquire the living FluMist germs and have a reaction to them, the same as you would if you had received the vaccine directly. You will not get the stronger wild flu strains from that product. ...Read more

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Can I use flumist if I have an allergy to eggs?

Can I use flumist if I have an allergy to eggs?

No: You should not have the conventional flu shot or FluMist if you have a known allergy to eggs or have had a prior reaction/allergy to the flu shot. ...Read more

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When you get a flumist nasal spray, can you go near a baby?

When you get a flumist nasal spray, can you go near a baby?

Yes: Passage of the attenuated flu virus in FluMist is quite unusual and not only not harmful if it does occur, but may be beneficial. ...Read more

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I went in with my kids to get the flumist vaccine after Dr. Gave it to us he left the nasal syringe out and it was expired. Where do I report him?

I went in with my kids to get the flumist vaccine after Dr. Gave it to us he left the nasal syringe out and it was expired. Where do I report him?

Flumist: The Flumist vaccine will not be available for the 2016/2017 flu season. I would start by calling the physicians office and ask how he had it available? ...Read more

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Is it a good idea to take flumist if I have a minor mvp (mitral valve prolapse)?

Is it a good idea to take flumist if I have a minor mvp (mitral valve prolapse)?

Yes: The mitral valve prolapse should not have any effect on the immunization. Similarly, the flutist is very unlikely to have any effect on the mitral valve. ...Read more

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My daughter's nose is always stuffy, but I would like her to get the flumist. Can I give her a nasal spray decongestant before getting the flumist?

My daughter's nose is always stuffy, but I would like her to get the flumist. Can I give her a nasal spray decongestant before getting the flumist?

No need: There is no contraindication to getting the flumist with a stuffy nose. Just have your daughter blow her nose before the flumist. ...Read more

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My daughter had asthma symptoms with colds when she was <2y. She is now 7 & hasn't required asthma meds since then. Can she receive FluMist vaccine?

My daughter had asthma symptoms with colds when she was <2y. She is now 7 & hasn't required asthma meds since then. Can she receive FluMist vaccine?

I wouldn't give it: The nasal flu vaccine triggers a mild localized inflammation in the lung tissue as it makes its way into the blood to stimulate antibody formation. After I gave it to a kid @ 6 with the same basic history, he has his first and only attack after infancy two days later & spent 3 days in the hospital. I never offer it to any kid with a history of childhood wheezing. ...Read more

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I am 30 year old military vet. Since 2006 after I got out I cannot gain any wieght. I am on no medications. Is it a thyroid issue or something else?

I am 30 year old military vet. Since 2006 after I got out I cannot gain any wieght. I am on no medications. Is it a thyroid issue or something else?

Gain weight: 33 M vet says he cannot gain weight. Asks is it thyroid problem. ANS: Could be at least 1000 things so need more information. But most likely you have body size inherited control system that makes if hard to gain weight. The best way is to eat more calories than you burn. So get Loseit and track intake and calories burned and see which it is. Then see your Dr. ...Read more

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What is a "medication HA"?

What is a "medication HA"?

I think: Medication headache....a type of frequent or daily headache. I'm not positive though. Need to see what the context the phrase was used. ...Read more

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What is best pain medication?

What is best pain medication?

There are none...: Even the strongest opiates only "take the edge off" for people in chronic pain. Meds are only one part of dealing with the pain. A useful tool, but pain is so necessary for survival that we are not "allowed" to monkey with it much. In acute pain, the transition from miserable to less miserable can be great. In chronic pain, it's just part of the plan. ...Read more

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I need refills on my medications?

Not here: For that you will likely need the prime service of healthtap. Easier to call your pop imo ...Read more

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Are expired medications effective?

Sometimes: Sometimes they are. For the most part, expired drugs simply lose potency once past their expiration date. There are, however, some drugs that actually become harmful if taken after they expire. As such, it is best to throw out any medications you have after a year. ...Read more

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Which pain medication works better?

No answer: The best drug is the one that works with the lowest side effect incidence. That will change between patients. ...Read more

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Safest medication to take for pain?

ASPRIN: Actually no one has decided on 'safest'. Asprin has been around since before you were born and unless you take too much (yes, too much of anything isn't good) most people are okay with it. If the pain it too severe for asprin you need to know what causes it. Good diagnosis is called for. See the dr. ...Read more

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